Leopard slugs: Introduce them into the garden?

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Leopard slugs (Limax maximus) are often regarded as pests. In Europe, this is a misconception because these slugs belong to the extremely useful inhabitants in the garden. In the parts of America, Australia, Asia, and Africa, leopard slugs are an invasive species and could be harmful to the environment. But normally the harm they do … Read more

Which Insects Eat Slugs & Snails? | Natural Enemies For Your Garden

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Many insects like to eat slugs, snails, and their eggs. For example, the larvae of fireflies are diligent snail exterminators. They feed almost exclusively on snails and slugs for several years. Firefly larvae follow the slime trail of the snails and kill them with poisonous bites. The extinction of light-sensitive fireflies can contribute to a … Read more

Predators of Slugs | Identify and Attract Natural Enemies of Slugs and Snails to Your Garden

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It is sometimes said that slugs (especially the Spanish slug) taste bitter and that for this reason, many animals won’t eat them. That is not correct. Slugs and snails have many natural predators. However, for various reasons, their enemies are disappearing in many areas. This is one of the main reasons why slug populations are … Read more

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden | And How to Hang a Birdhouse

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There are many reasons to attract birds to your garden. One reason is that apart from hedgehogs, toads, and beetles, birds are perhaps the most industrious slug and snail hunters. They are an especially valuable help in spring, when young slugs and snails hatch from their eggs and are easy prey. The hungry birds are … Read more

How to Attract Hedgehogs to Your Garden | Hedgehog-friendly Environment, Food, and House

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Not only are hedgehogs cute, but they are beneficial animals. These nocturnal hunters are natural enemies of slugs and snails. It makes a lot of sense, therefore, to provide a habitat for these lovely animals. If you can coax a hedgehog family into your garden, you can be sure they’ll be valuable allies in the … Read more

Toads, Newts, Frogs and Lizards: Helping Amphibians to Settle in the Garden

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Many amphibians are beneficial animals that help with garden pests. Especially useful is their appetite for slugs. How to Attract the Enemies of Slugs/Snails to Your Garden Some amphibians eat slugs and snails and, when they have the opportunity, they even eat their eggs. These amphibians include toads, newts, frogs, and lizards. In many areas, … Read more

Create An Insect-friendly Garden and Prevent Pest Infestations

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In this article, you find out how you can make your garden more insect-friendly and boost biodiversity. Insects are a substantial food source for many other animals and therefore indispensable for a healthy ecosystem. Hedgehogs, toads, songbirds, and lizards all need a plentiful supply of insects to be able to stay healthy. Many insects are … Read more

Nematodes for Slugs & Snails: Are They Really a Good Idea?

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Do nematodes help against slugs and snails in the garden? You will find information here about the advantages and disadvantages of this method, as well as general information about the application of nematodes to control slugs. What are nematodes? How do they work as slug control? Nematodes are roundworms. It is estimated that they represent … Read more