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19/02/2014 at 17:04

Can anyone help? I just used liquid slug clear (diluted) on my flower bed of flowering plants to combat the huge snail and slug problem I seem to have but then totally forgot that I shouldn't use it on the strawberry plants in another flower bed and used some on these. Obviously it's February and no where near fruiting time but I'm worried that I put this on plants that will bear fruit that we will eat. Will it be safe to eat the  strawberries later on in the year? I am thinking it will but dont want to poison anyone.

19/02/2014 at 17:17

Product Description
Slug Clear Liquid

- For use on flowering and ornamental garden plants
- 250ml makes 75ltr of solution, treats up to 67m²
- Kills slugs and snails
- Invisible to pests
- DO NOT use near edible crops

 "I contacted Scotts (the makers of Slug Clear) to enquire how long the ground, which had been treated with this, should be left before growing edible crops on it.

At least a year they said."


19/02/2014 at 17:22

It depresses me to hear that people still have such little regard for the effects on wildlife.


19/02/2014 at 17:43
19/02/2014 at 21:21

Nasty dangerous stuff - described by the manufacturers as 'potentially dangerous to wildlife' . 

19/02/2014 at 22:35

Gosh that stuff sounds awful! I'd be scared less I splashed it on my skin 

19/02/2014 at 22:40

I am afraid to say.. However so many, shall we call them Sunday gardeners.  Similar to Sunday drivers.  They garden by sight.  OOOh I've got this that and the other in my garden.  Mankind is the biggest destroyer on the planet, and so blind at times, not realising that we can be destroying ourselves and this beautiful home called earth.  Do in part to the inbalances bought about by our ill conceived ideas of balancing the books so to speak.  Years ago, many of our native birds took care of the snail problem.  Birds such as thrushes.  The slugs always proved to be gigh on the menue of Mr Spikey.  Aka the hedgehog.  Todays chemicals were not needed.  Now that an imbalance has developed, chemicals tend to be order of the day.  PLEASE.  If you find yourself resorting to their use.  Then thoroughly read and follow the instructions.  Most chemicals if applied early morning or last thing at night, will in most cases be absorbed into the plant system.  Many on the otherhand are made up with added constiuents, that caus the chemical to neutalise upon contact with the soil.  The odd ones out.  I think it was Edd, who informs us that he contacted the company whose product has raised this thread  Thanks Edd.  This is where forums such as this one can truly come into their own.  Please friends. Don't hesitate to post athread about some new idea or whatever that has come to your notice.


Might I say with the greatest of humbleness.  Thank you so much, for the kind comments, about my posts to this forum.  Mike has been at it for ages, but I am still learning.


Enjoy your gardening.

20/02/2014 at 06:27

Thank you Edd

20/02/2014 at 07:18

Thank you Mike. Its a shame we're not all in the position to rehome hedgehogs from rescues to provide them with homes and us with slug monitors! 

09/06/2014 at 14:59

I used slugclear liquid up until last year, and it really worked.  I had a cat who was very prone to eating slug pellets, so I had to use something that was invisible, and found it was a lot better than the pellets, forming a solid barrier around the flower beds which lasted 2 to 3 days at a time, even through light rain.

Now I am cat-less this year, we went back to pellets, and the slugs and snails have invaded my gardens big time!

Is there a "glut" of molluscs this year, or am I not putting enough down?.  Tried to find a stockist of the liquid in Sheffield, to no avail, so will try the nature friendly pellets as mentioned here.  Does anyone know what shops stock those or the liquid?

09/06/2014 at 15:09

Most garden centres sell the eco-friendly ones - some actively promote them - look for packs where the active ingredient is ferrous sulphate. 

I've been able to get them from Notcutts. 

09/06/2014 at 23:05

Thanks Dove from above

I'll look out for that!



10/06/2014 at 16:20

There does seem to be a glut if slugs this year and, against all of my green principle, I have been scattering pellet's with wild abandon! I listened to a well known gardeners radio programme where someone asked what were slugs for? one answer was that they eat rotting matter in gardens ..... true, but since when have my lovely fresh green lettuce been rotting matter??? 

10/06/2014 at 16:50

Please Please Please can everybody stop using chemicals, it makes my heart ache to think of the damage we are doing to the soil, if a company who want you to buy this stuff is actually telling you it last's a year, it's almost certain it last's longer, plus I wonder did they say what damage it does in that year.

I don't want to preach at people, as everyone has a right to their opinion but please just think a little harder before you use chemicals 

End of Rant!

10/06/2014 at 17:13

I totally agree Fraxinus 

What can I spray it with is a popular question

scattering pellet with abandon is the norm

and spraying it when you don't even know what it is

I use no chemicals and don't have the problems reported daily on here

10/06/2014 at 17:42

I always try to use nemetodes as they are the most natural and effective slug killers; however they need dry weather to water them over the soil! Very difficult this year!  The pellets that I use are organic by the way, I was trying to bring a note of lightness into the discussion! 

You are very fortunate nut cutlet in not being plagued by slugs. We live next to railway waste land where slugs seem to thrive.

10/06/2014 at 17:50
Reikijo wrote (see)

You are very fortunate nut cutlet in not being plagued by slugs. We live next to railway waste land where slugs seem to thrive.

It may be down to not having, either directly or indirectly, killed off those animals which eat the slugs

10/06/2014 at 22:29

Hi nutcutlet,

So glad some one agrees with me, I never use chemicals, but I do suffer from slug damage but not in such a bad way that I can't control with organic means. I think cultural control comes into it in a big way, it's a small price to pay for clean soil!

10/06/2014 at 22:30

There's a lot of like minded people on the forum Fraxinus.

12/06/2014 at 14:04

I found that by using the liquid, I could spray it around the beds onto the concrete and not on the soil - therefore I imagine I was causing LESS damage to the soil that way?

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