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Slugs and Snails

Prepare for war because these are some of the most worrying pests you’ll find in your garden! Slugs will eat their way into potatoes and feast upon your prize juicy strawberries leaving a myriad of holes, and its no wonder as Slugs have approximately 27,000 teeth!

How to spot
It is virtually impossible to eradicate snails and slugs completely because they are so prolific. However, there are some things you can do to contain them.
Grow vulnerable plants on further before planting out. This will ensure that they are larger and not quite so soft and tasty. Try removing slugs and snails by hand and then relocate them to the hedgerows. It may not be pleasant but you can wash the slime on your fingers or hands with some white vinegar and lukewarm water.

Also, try spreading well crushed eggshells around vulnerable plants, or using copper tape around plant pots. Slugs and Snails do not like to rub their belly across them and will stay away from these plants. A line of lime or salt around your plants can also deter slugs and snails.

Another method to get rid of snails is to put a jam jar with beer in the bottom half into the soil near your vulnerable plants

You can encourage natural predators like thrushes, hedgehogs, toads and shrews and insect predators such as beetles and fly larvae.

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