Slugs

Slugs

Slugs can cause a huge damage to your plant in a short period of time. You can recognise slug damage by the typical holes eaten into the leaves. You can also see the slime trails. Slugs cause more damage than snails. 

How to recognise damage? 

Slugs can cause a huge damage to your plant in a short period of time. You can recognise slug damage by the typical holes eaten into the leaves. You can also see the slime trails. Slugs cause more damage than snails. 


How to prevent (further) damage? 

The first tip for getting rid of slugs is to tidy up and carefully organise your garden. This makes sure than the animals have fewer places in which to shelter. It is also a good idea to regularly work the ground as this kills the slugs and their eggs. The best way, however, is to place a slug fence. This is a barrier made of netting or plastic that you can place around the plant. The top edge is turned back at an angle of 30 degrees. Also make sure not to rid your garden of the slug’s natural predators (hedgehogs and toads). You could also give nature a helping hand: slugs (and aphids) do not like strong smells. Slice a bulb of garlic into pieces and leave to soak in a bowl of water for a day, then spray your plants with this mixture.


About slugs

Although slugs (gastropoda) will not race through your garden in record time, they can have disastrous consequences for your plants. They eat holes in as many leaves as possible from all types of plants. It is possible that all your work, and your green fingers, have been for nothing when your plants are destroyed by these slimy creatures. 
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