Slug control in vegetable crops
Slugs are a major economic pest in most horticultural crops. There are at least eight pest slug species in Australia. They prefer heavier soils, surviving summer in cracks and under clods. They do not survive well in fine, light, or compacted soils. Slugs are not active during the day and damage is often blamed on poor germination or other pests. This 2-page factsheet gives concise information on slug control in vegetable crops. It provides background information on slugs, environmental influences on their life cycle, sampling methods, effective cultural practices, chemical controls (using baits), biological control agents and physical barriers. It is necessary to use a combination of cultural, chemical and biological methods for effective slug management.