Gardening expert shares warning over using slug pellets – ‘more attracted to your plants’

Gardeners’ World: Expert discusses slugs and snails

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Slugs and snails can devastate a garden, especially when they get hold of young plants. There are many ways to oust molluscs from your garden, but some are more effective than others. While you may think slug pellets are a fail safe solution, a gardening expert has warned that they may attract slugs to your plants.

Gardening expert David Hurrion explained in a video for BBC Gardeners’ World which slugs do the most damage.

He said: “If I was to ask you what the number one pest problem was in your garden, you’d probably name these little ones: molluscs.

“These are the ones that do the most damage. These are the slugs, but could I just put a good word in for the really big slug?

“These great big, huge slugs are the ones that break down woody matter, and they won’t eat your little baby plants.

“It’s these here and also, the big jumbo slugs when they’re babies.

“Those are the ones that will do the most damage.”

David warned that sprinkling inorganic slug pellets could “attract more slugs” to your most vulnerable plants such as young ones and seedlings.

He said: “What are the sorts of things that we can do to protect your plants?

“If you sprinkle these inorganic slug pellets around, often you will attract more slugs and snails to your vulnerable plants than you’ll actually repel.

“The slugs and snails will eat them and in most cases die. But then a lot of them will survive.”

So how can you banish slugs and snails from your garden?

The gardening expert recommended using physical barriers such as crushed seashells.

Other physical barriers include crushed eggs shells and coarse grit or sand which slugs and snails don’t like crawling over.

He added: “You could also use coarse grit or coarse sand as well.”

Another physical barrier is using copper around plants which “induces an electrical current to flow through it.”

David’s last method was to use a slug defence gel.

The gel is colourless, odourless and non-toxic forming a barrier which protect plants from molluscs.

Wilko sells Doff Slug Defence Gel for just £3.

The product claims to provide 50 metres of rain resistant barrier.

“This jelly-like substance, you squirt it around your plants, the slugs and snails won’t go through it,” David added.

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