How To Get Rid of Slugs

Slug control is a 4 step process which will consist of identification, sanitation, physical removal, and also the application of necessary pesticides. It is important to get rid of slugs because if they invade in large numbers, they can be detrimental to plants that are low to the ground and particularly greenhouse or glasshouse plants and mushrooms.


Identification is usually accomplished when you are observing during the night when they are the most active or by observing their slime or mucus trails that they leave behind. You can follow the trails back to their nesting area or harboring area and locate the slug itself.


Slugs are highly attracted to moisture. Sanitation will include getting rid of anything that can trap in moisture. This will include getting rid of objects around your home environment like fallen logs, stones, leaf litter, flower pots, and etc. Fire logs should be elevated off the ground and all materials should be given good ventilation including areas like the basement or crawl space.

Physical Removal

A physical removal of all visible slugs should be done. Sometimes, if infestations are light, a physical removal of slugs will be efficient enough to control the slug infestation.


There are several pesticides available that will eradicate a slug population. Both liquid and granule materials that have slugs labeled as a targeted pest will be effective for slug control. Such granule products as NIBAN GRANULAR or MOTHER EARTH SCATTER BAIT can be used as a broadcast treatment around the property with a HAND HELD SPREADER. Liquid insecticides such as  FenvaStar EcoCap or LambdaStar 9.7% CS are concentrated liquid insecticides that can be used for perimeter treatment or a barrier treatment around your home so that they cannot enter. They can be sprayed on with the CHAPIN GALLON SPRAYER. These insecticides can also be applied in areas like the crawlspace and can be used indoors as well. Please keep in mind that treated areas should be left alone to dry before you come in contact with those areas again. Also, such materials should not be applied to vegetable or fruit gardens.


Date: Monday, 21. November 2011 10:04
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