Slugs and snails
slugs and snails
Slugs and snails are two of the most aggressive garden pests around - and they always return, no matter what measures you take.

The two creatures are similar; snails have a shell, slugs don't. They attack a range of plants, leaving irregular-shaped holes in leaves. They`re active at night, but will come out and feed in your garden during cooler, wetter days.

Slugs and snails always seem to return, whether it`s from other lots, on new plants or from new soil in container plants you purchase from the nursery, appearing as eggs in tiny round clusters.

To control these pests, you can use metaldehyde or methiocarb in pellets, meal, or emulsion form. But don`t use methiocarb around fruit trees and vegetable plants. And take care if you have dogs - the bait can poison dogs.

You may opt to simply grabbing snails by hand and then get rid of them. The best time is after 10 p.m.