Metaldehyde Slug Pellet Ban Announced

Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,002

The main constituent in conventional slug pellets, metaldehyde, is to be banned in 2020 announced. The reason cited is an unacceptable risk to wildlife. Metaldehyde based slug pellets will be withdrawn from sale in 6 months.

It will be legal to use metaldehyde based pellets after 2020 under cover – basically poly tunnel growing farmers, presumably with a licence to use pesticides.

I don't use these as metaldehyde is banned under organic standards.

Ferrous phosphate based pellets are my preferred slug control method. They work just as well if not better than metaldehyde pellets but in a different way. Metaldehyde causes the slugs to dehydrate leaving the trails of slime and dead bodies on the surface. Ferrous phosphate stops them eating so the slug goes back underground to die.


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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,806
    all i can say is good and about time
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,882
    long overdue
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 603
    Never use slug pellets on the open ground, only under protected covers of cabbage etc, but anything to avoid affecting other creatures, is welcome.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,399
    I wonder if it will also be banned as a fuel for camping stoves.

    I remember back in the early sixties there being quite a craze for using crumbled Metafuel bars as slug bait.

    As a camping stove fuel it’s been around for yonks.

     
    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/meta-fuel.12515/

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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,002
    Like you cornelly I only ever use pellets in a controlled environment and very few if I'm having problems, on open ground I use nematodes if required.

    Unfortunately some people chuck them around like sweets the ground can be blue with them.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,002
    Metaldehyde is an organic compound with the formula (CH3CHO)4.

    I know it is and have used for military purposes.

    At one time was also issued in MOD field ration pack's not sure if it still is, or if you can buy it in UK as a camping fuel, but it is still manufactured by the Lonza Group

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,460
    Metaldehyde has been banned in France.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 603
    When I saw people throwing handfuls of pellets, I did try and say that only a few were required, as the slug would eat a plant it wanted then come back for the pellets as dessert, total waste.
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,034

    Like you cornelly I only ever use pellets in a controlled environment and very few if I'm having problems, on open ground I use nematodes if required.

    Unfortunately some people chuck them around like sweets the ground can be blue with them.
    Hurrah! It is nice to know that any blue haze in the residents across the roads garden will in future be supplied by a more friendly version or by blue flowers.
    They also do the sweety sprinkle.

  • ColinAColinA Posts: 209
    WHO MANUFACTURES FERROUS PHOSPHATE PELLETS. AND CAN THEY BE BOUGHT IN GARDEN CENTRES
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