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Do you have less slugs this year?

debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,613
Hi all, always had lots of slugs in my garden but this year seen hardly any so far, all my lupins doing well and no damage on my dahlias? Anyone else noticed a lack of these little creatures? I used nematodes last year and think we may have at least one hedgehog 🦔 or was it the hot dry summer? 
Maybe I am speaking too soon and they will have a population explosion in the next few weeks. 
If I got young slugs and fed them only bindweed do you reckon they would get a taste for it? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,305
    Shhhh! They’ll hear you 🤫
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 678
    Not sure about slugs, but definitely more vine weevil 🙁
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,105
    Come to think of it, it's been mostly snails so far. Not that it makes much difference. The effect is the same😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,898
    Loads of slugs here but we do seem to have a shortage of the banded snails.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Currently, for us, the lack of rain (and recent cold temperatures?) seems to mean fewer slugs out and about at night. But I'm sure they'll return when the rain does.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    I'm noticing less slugs this spring. I reckon last years heatwave killed off a lot in my garden, judging by the amount of whiffy corpses I found over the summer.

    Overnight rain has seen the snails rise to the top of the low hedge by the front path, making it much easier to pick them off into my slug bucket.
    I've loads of banded ones if you want me to send you some wild edges 😉.
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 11,023
    I am touching wood and crossing my fingers at the same time. My hostas are looking pretty good at the moment 🤞.
    We do have hedgehogs in the garden and a fair few birds. I have found those little black slugs and the tiger (?) ones, but not many of the big ones - yet ! I think the smaller ones are the ones that are supposed to do the most damage. I did think it was unusual for the time of year, l am sure plants have been decimated by now. Must be the lack of heavy rain.
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    yep I have noticed less slugs for sure, still a few snails about. But although I am happy about less snails we also have had all our tadpoles die this year so I am a bit cautious to be happy about this change whatever it is.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,003
    edited May 2019
    We have FEWER molluscs leading to LESS damage on the plants.
    There speaks the pedant.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,587
    Fewer slugs than snails in this garden and less of a problem to deal with as the snails are easier to pick up and lob into the hedgerow across the road or stamp on if OH is feeling mean.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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