Slugs

Slugs are widespread animals which can cause problems in the garden, eating holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs. They can cause damage throughout the year on a wide range of plants, but seedlings and new growth on herbaceous plants in spring are most at risk.

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Slugs on potato tuber

Quick facts

Common name: Slugs
Scientific name: Various species, most common are species in the Milacidae, Deroceras and Arion spp.
Plants affected: Many ornamental plants and vegetables in gardens and greenhouses
Main symptoms: Holes in leaves, stems, flowers and potato tubers; seedlings can be killed
Most active: Year round

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