How to keep slugs off your spuds this October

Potatoes planted in August or September are particularly vulnerable to an October slug attack, when the damp air encourages activity.

As most potato-loving slugs are under the soil, gardeners won’t be aware of this nefarious subterranean activity until it is too late.

Eliminating these slimy pests now will help to protect pre-Christmas new potatoes and keep the soil healthy, ready for the spring.

For organic gardeners and those keen to use alternatives to chemicals, Nemaslug provides biological pest control in the form of nematodes. These microscopic creatures directly attack and kill slugs, before dying underground and leaving no trace of the dead slugs or, indeed, any unsightly slime trails.


The product is 100% safe in areas used by children, pets and wildlife, plus it works at temperatures as low as 5°C, making it ideal for this time of the year.

Nemaslug controls all common species of small to medium sized slugs and is simple to use. Just add water to the nematode treatment and apply to the garden soil; for heavy clay, work the soil beforehand.

One application provides around 300,000 nematodes for every square meter of soil and will continue to work for up to six weeks.

Nemaslug is available in various pack sizes from single use (RRP £13.99) to 12-36 week programmes (RRP £26.99 – 154.99) via mail order online, for stockist information visit

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