Molluscicides, also known as snail baits, snail pellets or slug pellets, are insecticides against molluscs, which are usually used to control gastropod slugs and snails which damage crops or other valued plants by feeding on them.

Autumn is a key period to apply snail bait before breeding and egg laying begins. Serious damage can occur to new and established pasture when autumn rainfall triggers activity. Snails start egg laying in winter and hatch in spring.

Slug and Snail Bait options include:

  • Meta Bait Snail and Slug Bait - value for money option
  • METAREX Inov - premium effective rain resistant bait with excellent control

High risk slug areas on your farm?

Wet weather like 2023 in many areas and into 2024, created an ongoing challenge with slugs and snails. Its really important farmers continue to implement pest management strategies over a period of years, depending on the level of their infestation.

Planning and implementing control methods is hampered by a lack of a distinct life cycle in slugs as they breed when moisture and temperature conditions are suitable. We suggest using mats overnight to figure out the number of snails/pests and their varying ages. Looking under the mat, and again at the ground to see if eggs have been laid.

Slugs emerge from the ground over an extended period of time, so growers need to protect seedlings during establishment. This may require multiple applications of bait.

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