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slug pellets help

just a quick question for any 1,just bought some slug pellets and it dosnt say anything about if it harms the birds if they eat them after they have died,i emailed the company that produces them and they say that birds will not eat dead or dieing slugs and snails,is this true or is there answear just to fob me off



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Right-it is unlikely that a bird eating a slug that has been killed by eating a slug pellet would in turn die itself-they would have to eat hundreds of dead slugs to be harmed and that is unlikely

    Same goes for hedgehogs.

    And the company are right- a dead slug is not as appetising a live oneimage

    But there are wildlife friendly pellets you can buy as an alternative to the the blue ones that do what they say on the tinimage

  • cheers for that,just needed to know so im not harming the birds, new to all this gardening stuff,just need to stop all the cats now image.


  • nice 1 thanks for your help.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Hi Matmats123 i think i,m one of the worst complainers about Cats image ,long story cut short iv had to wire fence my rear garden and slate stone my front because of neighbors cats,after i tried everything known or suggested and i mean everything except a bullet , the only part if my garden apart from large pots that cats can ruin is on my unfenced front which i sprayed with Jayes fluid ready to use disinfectant that was about 6/8 weeks ago or longer  and Not one deposit has been left, not one, and  iv only sprayed the area twice in all this time i cant think of anything else that has stopped them as i still see them walking across this area but no probs  now,and becouse we now have no real garden to enjoy weve decided to move to Norfolk and start again, Cats what can i say  good luck give it a try its about £4 B&Q /Wilkos etc  image 

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Sorry forgot Sotogeoff advised me to slug pellet the slugs  around Valentines day before they mate so hopefully not so many eggs get to hatch and im ready to start the war  Alanimage

  • Haven't cats reached Norfolk yet then Alan??!!image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    If you believe hedgehogs eat slugs you are denying them food if you use slug pellets.

    Thrushes definitely eat snails.  What will they eat?

    The best way to kill slugs is to cut them in half with scissors.  The wildlife will clear up the remains overnight.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,870

    Much better idea Welshonion. Instant for the slug and harmless to everything else

  • I'm definitely a wildlife friend but how can I possibly go out there every single night and cut the in half??? Oh dear, doomed to failure...image

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