Published by: LJ E
on 4th Mar 2017 |
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people will have read in the news recently that we are likely to
have an invasion of slugs this summer. Hopefully this is an
exaggeration because the last thing we want is for gardeners to
resort to slug pellets as a way of pest control. Many slug
pellets contain metaldehyde, a lethal poison, which will kill a
hedgehog if it eats a slug that has been poisoned by a slug
pellet. Even so called organic slug pellets can be lethal for
hedgehogs. Please please consider using alternative methods of
There are a few good websites with helpful
suggestions www.hedgehogstreet.org or www.slugoff.co.uk
Copper tape around plant pots works really well and there are many
other animal friendly alternative that could save the life of our
precious wildlife including birds and hedgehogs..
Slug Pellets Kill Hedgehogs
Take part in the snuffles Keep
Hedgehogs Safe challenge by using chemical
free slug management methods. Let us know how you get on via the
contact us page of the website.
“There is nothing we can do for hedgehogs that have been poisoned
other than give pain relief as they always die”
Snuffles Top 10 Tips for Effective Slug Management
1. Collect the slugs in the evening
One method of doing this is to create a slug friendly area by
planting lettuce and cabbage just for the slugs. When they gather
for their night time feast you can go around your garden and
gather them up or leave them in this area. There are several ways
of disposing of them including putting them in a bucket of salty
water. This seems a rather cruel way of killing them off but
please choose the least painful method.
2. Encourage predators
Birds, frogs and toads all like to snack on slugs. Ducks and some
hens also enjoy snacking on them too. Hedgehogs eat slugs but too
many can lead to lung worm.
3. Beer traps and sprays
Bury shallow plastic containers around your garden (take away
containers are the ideal size) put beer in each one.
Alternatively pour some beer into a spray bottle and spray all
the weeds. As the slugs like the beer so much the idea is that
they’ll eat the weeds, leaving other things alone.
4. Egg shells
Collect and wash egg shells then heat in the oven to harden them.
Put the egg shells in a food processor and blitz until small,
then place a protective ring around seedlings or anything you
want to protect from slugs.
5. Copper Tape
Place a thick band of copper tape around areas that you want
protecting or around plant pots. This is a great slug
Place a circle of bran around each plant ensuring it doesn’t
touch the stems. As slugs are almost entirely made up of water,
the bran has a desiccating effect which kills them.
7. Planting flowers and herbs
Some plants are known to repel slugs so placing plants such as
Astrantia, Lady’s Mantle, Dianthus, Foxglove, Geranium, Peony,
Lavender, Phlox, Alyssum and Lobelia, African violet, Strawberry
Begonia and Gloxinia may help.
8. Avoid watering your garden in the
Slugs are most active at night and thrive in moist conditions.
Water the garden in the morning so the surface soil will be dry
by the evening. This can reduce slug damage
9. Orange and Grapefruit Skins
If you place halves of squeezed oranges or grapefruits the slugs
will be attracted to the shells and makes it easier to gather up
the slugs and then dispose of them afterwards
10. Garlic spray
This is a well used deterrent. Make a spray by boiling 2 bulbs of
garlic crushed in 2 pints of water for 5 minutes. Strain the
mixture and add more water to make up to 2 pints. Let the mixture
cool before use. Use a spray bottle and spray the area you want
the slugs to avoid
Please help to keep hedgehogs safe by spreading the word about
the danger of slug pellets.