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.

Latest information

  • The molluscicide metaldehyde can be detected in raw (untreated) water above the drinking water standard
  • The deadline for the sale and distribution of metaldehyde slug pellets is 31 December 2020
  • The deadline for the disposal, storage and use up of stocks is 31 December 2021
  • As the situation can change rapidly, the very latest information is published on this page (rather than the publication)

Action points

  • An integrated approach to slug control, using various techniques, is more successful than relying solely on molluscicide pellets
  • Monitor slug activity prior to and throughout the susceptible crop growth stages
  • Use the tool at wiyby.co.uk to find out if you farm in a Drinking Water Protected Area or Safeguard Zone
  • Refer to the metaldehyde stewardship guidelines at getpelletwise.co.uk

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

getpelletwise.co.uk

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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