Integrated slug control

An integrated approach to slug control using several different techniques is the most effective way to control slugs. This publication covers cereals, oilseeds, potatoes and horticulture.

Metaldehyde slug pellet ban overturned

A ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde, a pesticide used to control slugs in a range of crops and in gardens, was set be introduced across Great Britain from spring 2020, following an announcement by  the Environment Secretary on 19 December 2018. In July 2019, the High Court approved an order that formally overturned this ruling.

The withdrawal notice no longer has effect. This means products containing metaldehyde can be sold, distributed, stored and used.

The sale and distribution of existing stocks is to expire on 31 December 2020, and disposal, storage and use of existing stocks is to expire on 31 December 2021.

Targeted slug treatment receives fresh investment

Targeted treatment techniques for slugs will be refined, thanks to continued investment by AHDB.

The fresh injection of funds will help develop approaches to predict where slug patches are most likely to form in arable fields.

The new project will also explore the potential to modify off-the-shelf technology to assist with the application of molluscicides to the most slug-prone parts of a field.

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Metaldehyde stewardship

UK metaldehyde withdrawal

31 December 2020

Deadline for the sale and distribution of metaldehyde slug pellets

31 December 2021

Deadline for the disposal, storage and use up of existing stocks