Slugs are a major pest of agricultural and horticultural crops, and when left unchecked they can cause devastating damage to emerging food and feedstock crops.

A review by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds estimates that the total average annual cost to the UK industry from not using pesticides to control slugs, in wheat and oilseed rape (OSR) alone, is £43.5 million per year.

Metaldehyde based slug pellets continue to be the primary molluscicide of choice for many UK farmers in controlling the pest.

‘Get Pelletwise’ is the campaign of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG). The group’s aim is to promote and encourage best practice with metaldehyde slug pellets, amongst agricultural users, to minimise environmental impacts and help preserve the future of metaldehyde as a tool for slug control.

As part of the stewardship, farmers should take an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to slug control to minimise slug infestations and reduce, or remove entirely, the need for metaldehyde treatment.

The MSG stewardship guidelines should always be followed.

You can find more information about the ‘Get Pelletwise’ campaign throughout the website.

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