Slugs are one of the most common pests in your garden. They like to hide under leaves in moist pockets and will eat almost anything with leaves. Slugs are damaging to vegetable and berry crops because they eat both the leaves and the fruit. Damage can even happen before you even know there’s an infestation. Chewed leaves and slimy trails are telltale signs of slugs.


Garden Damage Caused by Slugs

Here are the signs to look for that will let you know you have slug damage. As soon as you’ve identified slugs in your garden, start treatment.

Look for holes and ragged, irregular edges on your plants’ leaves.

Check for bites taken out of fruit.

Examine plants and surrounding soil for a slimy secretion.

Watch for little white eggs in the ground.


Slug Habits and Biology

Slugs in the garden can be treated at any time during the growing season, but it can be hard to know when they’re present. They camouflage against the brown soil and hide out in damp, dark places during the day.

Mating season for slugs usually takes place from mid autumn to mid winter when the soil and compost are cool and moist after hot, dry summer weather. Two to four weeks after mating, and well into late winter, the slugs lay spherical pearl-white eggs in the damp soil. The slugs will hatch in the springtime.

How to Control Slugs

We recommend the Ortho Slug B Gone slug bait. Simply spread these pellets at the base of the plants being eaten to attract and control the slugs in your garden.