Slug control fact sheet

Published: 28 Jul 2022

Successful crop protection from slugs

Slugs are an increasing problem in the high-rainfall zones, especially where conservation agriculture is practised. No single control method will provide complete protection against pests slugs: an integrated approach is best.

Key points

  • Understand the context in which slug controls are being applied
  • Moisture availability is a key regulator of slug populations
  • Wet winters and cool springs provide ideal conditions for numbers to build up
  • The grey field slug and the black keeled slug are the main pest species, but brown field slugs can also pose a threat
  • No single control method will be completely effective; for successful crop protection, an integrated approach is needed

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Region: National

GRDC Project Code: MAN2204-001SAX,