Metaldehyde Slug Pellet Ban Announced

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 Metaldehyde based slug pellets will be withdrawn from sale in 6 months.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.

South Coast Hampshire
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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,664
    all i can say is good and about time
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,337
    long overdue
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 485
    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 DISTRICTPosts: 13,111
    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/

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog UKPosts: 373
    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.
    South Coast Hampshire
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog UKPosts: 373
    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
    South Coast Hampshire
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,798
    Metaldehyde has been banned in France.
    Dordogne
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 485
    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: 526

    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: 186
    WHO MANUFACTURES FERROUS PHOSPHATE PELLETS. AND CAN THEY BE BOUGHT IN GARDEN CENTRES
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