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I think that I am feeding my birds too well.  I can't remember when I last saw one eating a slug or snail.  There have been a lot of them this year.  Tidying up one of my shrubs recently, I was amazed to find a tiny snail tucked into the centre of almost every leaf cluster.  There was no sign of nibbled leaves, though.  Is it a snail nursery, I wonder?  Unfortunately, I absolutely hate killing anything, and accidentally stepping on a slug or worm makes me feel really sick.  I've tried catching the pesky critters and dumping them on the common land opposite my house, but I think they come straight back again.

I put some marigolds in my garden went to water them in late evening and they were covered in slugs no leaves left. So first thing i thought of was salt, wrong killed everything. Still got loads of slugs. My garden is clay.

I am seriously considering nematodes.

Slugs and snails are defintley attracted to slug pellets. My tactic is to sprinkle pellets over the fence into neighboring gardens

Please can you stop recommending slug pellets, or at least warn how toxic they are to wildlife and pets. Your article above uses the phrase 'less toxic' - this is misleading.

We have very few slugs in our garden, but we do have frogs, toads, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, birds etc, which manage the slug population for me! A garden pond and regular feeding encourages these natural slug predators. Every time you put down slug pellets, you are introducing poison into the food chain.
Would you deliberately run over a hedgehog? If the answer is no (I hope it is), then why would you put down slug pellets? It is just a slower way of killing a hedgehog.


Amanda, there are times when slug pellets are useful

agree there should be a warning on them but who reads warnings these days?   Car alarms,,house alarms, lorries reversing, etc., are commonplace sounds thaf mean nothing.

i use pellets....sparingly and selectively.  A warm humid night is perfect this time of year because they do work then.  Not thousands thrown all the garden but tucked under slate or board.

salt thrown onto the soil caz is pointless.....will damage plants for a start.  A salt solution to put slugs and snails in, nematodes and considerate use of pellets is the way.  

I have posted pictures of hostas without any damage here and I fully expect thus to be the case this year so my way is effective for me 

I use what I think is a common sense approach rather than an absolutist one. I have given up trying to grow plants such as lupins and delphiniums and other vulnerable plants rather that get engaged in a war involving hundreds of slug pellets. I accept that many plants will have tatty leaves e.g. Polyanthus and day lilies but still survive and flower and so do not use pellets for these. however there are certain plants, not many, where I protect the seedlings with a few pellets before they are planted out e.g. my salad leaf seedlings. The only dead creatures near the pellets have been slugs and snails. There are few birds in the garden as the neighbourhood is over run with cats and the garden is probably too small for a hedgehog. I have found year after yaer frogs in the garden so the pellets have not killed them off. It is not always possible to rely on nature in suburban surroundings.

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