Chemical controls are a last resort

18th April 2022

Chemical controls are a last resort

'Integrated pest management'  involves using all the natural control methods - barriers, traps, deterrents and distractions - and if this doesn't work, escalate to using biological controls.  In the last resort,  chemical controls like slug pellets may be necessary.  Metaldehyde pellets have now been withdrawn from use, but ferric phosphate slug pellets break down into simple plant nutrients in the soil if they are not eaten by slugs or snails so are less likely to harm anything further up the food chain.

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