Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:24
I always find the slug pellet debate an interesting one.There is no way I'm going out at night and picking them up, cutting them up or putting them in salt etc. I just do not have the time or inclination to do so.
It makes sense to me that if you use any chemicals/pesticides excessively and continuously, the chemicals will eventually build up in the food chain and produce negative effects for the different consumers within the food chain particulary with fertility. A decrease in populations of birds and hedghogs is due to a combination of factors.
I use them around 3-4 times a year around certain plants that have been truly decimated by them. In these instances it just gives the plant a chance to photosynthesize and survive. I grow the vast majority of plants from seeds and cuttings, when I plant out I always expect and accept that some(a lot) will be eaten. Pellets are a last but effective last resort for me.
I am still a wildlife gardener.
I have thought about using Nematodes but not sure about this I don't use any other pesticides and for me I don't like the idea of putting stuff into the soil. I don't know much about them but I believe they contain neo-nicotinoids which aren't good for the bees.
Long post I know, but we all have different ways