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Welcome to Slug Week, the slipperiest, slimiest week of the year.

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We need your help with our nationwide slug survey!
Does your town – or even your garden – have the most slugs in the country? And maybe the biggest slug in the country?
If you want to find out, take part in our simple survey.

And we have prizes!

Two of the gardens with the most impressive results will each win a Kitchen Garden Planter from Forest Garden and a supply of Nemaslug nematodes to help keep the bad slugs at bay. So if your garden has the largest slug or you can wow our team with the number of slugs on one of your flower beds or in your veggie patch, you’ll be in with a chance of winning!

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You may have noticed slugs at work in your garden.

But did you know that there are around 40 varieties of slug in this country and that whilst some are unwelcome pests in your garden, others are harmless and even good to have around. This campaign is brought to you by Nemaslug, a product you can use to help get rid of the slugs busy eating your precious plants. Nemaslug is an organic form of slug control made from tiny little worms. You can find out more about it on this web page.

What to do

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One evening during Slug Week
(5-11 April)

Put aside 20 minutes and go into your garden with a torch, a ruler, a smart phone with a camera and a note pad.

2

We don’t need to know what type of slugs you are spotting

We’d just like you to count all the slugs you find in each of these areas listed below (and keep a separate count for each area). Write everything down in your notebook as you go.

• The lawn.
• Paved areas/patios.
• Flower beds.
• The vegetable patch.
• Under pots, in pots and near water features.
• Near – or in – a compost bin.
• The greenhouse or cold frame.
• Anywhere else

3

Measure & Photograph

Now find the biggest slug in your garden and measure it in centimetres. Try not to touch it, as it will shorten itself in defence, and you won’t get as big a measurement as possible. Just lay your ruler next to it.

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Submit your results

When you get back inside, click here and fill in the form and your contact details.

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Email us

One final thing: remember to email us the photograph you took of the largest slug. And why not also send a photo of your family doing the slug count! We’ll publish the best on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Send it to hello@paskett.co.uk
PS: Why not get creative and send us your paintings or drawings of slugs on your garden plants. We’ll share the best in a gallery on social media.

That’s it! We’ll be reporting back on the results of the survey during May and will publish an update right here on this site.

We won’t contact you unless you have won a prize, we’d like to discuss your survey results with you or we’d like to ask permission to share your fantastic works of art with our followers. You’ll find full details of how we look after the information you send us when you click on the ‘submit your results’ link.

Submit your results

The good, the bad and the slimy

You may look at slugs and think yuck. Whilst some of them are on a mission to eat your plants, others are playing an important role in your garden. Some like to munch away on decomposing vegetation – that can be very useful indeed in your compost heap. Others taste delicious to birds and hedgehogs and make a nice juicy dinner.

Handy Slug Guide

Getting rid of unwanted slugs

Nemaslug is an organic form of slug control which will help rid your garden of pests but cause no harm to children, wildlife or pets. Nemaslug uses nematodes – these are tiny little worms only 2mm long which exist naturally in the soil (and, in fact, all around us on planet Earth). BASF, which makes Nemaslug, breeds trillions of nematodes every year at a product plant in Littlehampton, Sussex.

Nemaslug nematodes are specially bred because they naturally attack small to medium sized garden slugs when they are applied over areas where slug damage is taking place. They seek out slugs, wriggle their way inside them, inject them with killer bacteria and then eat them. You can buy Nemaslug from many online suppliers including www.greengardener.co.uk, www.gardeningnaturally.com and www.marshallsgarden.com.

Slug Facts

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Slugs have evolved from snails and many of them still have shells – although in most cases they are inside their bodies.

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Slugs have
27,000 denticles – that’s teeth to you and me.

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Slugs have evolved from snails and many of them still have shells – although in most cases they are inside their bodies.

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Birds hate slug mucus and will often wipe a slug clean before eating it.

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Slugs have two sets of tentacles and the upper ones are used for both seeing and smelling.

If you have questions about Slug Week please contact hello@paskett.co.uk

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Thanks to the John Innes Centre for letting us use their fabulous slug pictures and to the RHS slug experts for helping Paskett PR research this topic.

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