These are more of a nuisance rather than a pest that causes damage. The commonest species that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant. Foraging worker ants invade our homes in search of sweet foodstuffs which they take back to the nest to feed to the larvae and queen. Find the nest entrances by looking for small piles of earth or by watching the
ants as they trail their path. Pouring several kettles of boiling water over the nest site will buy you some time before implementing a more effective method
NIPPON ANT BAIT STATION
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. These covered pre-baited stations contain a highly attractive bait to feed the queen and other ants in the nest. The bait builds up within the colony and the entire nest is eliminated usually within 7 to 10 days.
A fast acting spray that is also effective against woodlice, earwigs, cockroaches and fleas.
£6.99 800 ml
Slugs and Snails
Slugs remain active throughout the year but are a particular problem in Summer, feeding in or on the soil surface mostly at night and increasing their activity in wet weather. Snails are dormant during autumn and winter. If you keep a pond, encourage frogs and toads who will make a meal of slugs. Ditto hedgehogs, slow-worms, ground beetles and some birds.
BAYER GARDEN SLUG KILLER certified for Organic use by the Organic Farmers & Growers. This contains iron phosphate that breaks down naturally in the soil. Slugs and snails are attracted away from plants to feed on the bait. They cease feeding and disappear underground to die without leaving any slime secretion or visible dead slugs.
AGRALAN SLUG & WEED MAT
A copper coated fabric that acts a barrier to slugs and snails as well as suppressing weed
growth while conserving soil moisture. Great for under pots, around individual plants or
rows of plants.
VITAX SLUG GONE – Wool Pellets.
Physically deters slugs and snails by forming an abrasive felt that absorbs moisture from the slugs foot as well as irritating it. Slug Gone is a natural biodegradable protein fibre which
releases nitrogen, potassium, sulphur and other trace elements essential for plant growth.
If you are the same age as us, or just a Jasper Carrott fan, you’ll know “there’s only one way to get rid of a mole…” For those of us who don’t want to sit in a swivel chair all night “armed and dangerous” a la Jasper, there are more humane ways of dealing with this infuriating garden pest. Moles rely on scent sensors on the tip of their nose to find prey and other moles so you could try putting something down the tunnel that smells bad and is ideally biodegradable.
GROWING SUCCESS MOLE REPELLENT
This deters or moves moles in lawns and borders by confusing the mole’s sense of taste and smell.
Our Top Tips….
Why not try Companion Planting …
As recommended by Jo, Companion Planting is a great way to prevent pests spoiling your plants! Here’s a few of our favourite combinations to help you make the most out of your garden!
• Grow French marigolds among tomatoes.
Marigolds emit a strong odour that will repel greenfly and blackfly.
• Grow sage with carrots or plants in the cabbage family to ward off pests. Both have strong scents that drive away each other’s pests.
• Plant nasturtium with cabbages – they’re a magnet for caterpillars that will then leave the cabbages alone.
• Garlic planted among roses will ward off aphids.
• Plant carrots and leeks together on the allotment or vegetable patch to protect against a number of pests. Leeks repel carrot fly and carrots repel onion fly and leek moth.