Slugs and Snails will be really grateful to you for supplying them with lovely tender seedlings to snack on now the weather is a bit warmer! They are active overnight and can devastate a young crop while you are sleeping! Biological controls - tiny microscopic organisms that you simply water into the ground around your precious plants is by far the best and safest way of combating these pests. Nemaslug consists of naturally occurring nematodes (Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita) and controls all common species of small to medium sized slugs (up to 8cm - 2½-3 inches) both above and below ground.
You simply mix it with water in a bucket and water into the soil beneath your plants with a watering can. One application of Nemaslug provides 300,000 nematodes for every square metre of soil, giving at least six weeks control of slugs! This is generally enough time for seedlings and bedding plants to get well established. Nemaslug is easy to apply and does not leave any unsightly residues. The majority of the slugs will die underground, so don't expect to see too many dead slugs lying around. Apply Nemaslug to moist soil. The soil temperature should be 5ºC (40ºF) or over, this is also when plants naturally start growing. Nematodes are capable of surviving the odd frost, so don't worry if the temperature falls after you have applied Nemaslug. The nematodes are completely harmless to birds, animals and children. Start your control regime early and you will be able to target the young slugs growing under the ground feeding on humus.
If you are proud of your nice green lawn you will no doubt already be aware of the damage caused by Chafer Grubs - according to the RHS they are one of the top ten garden pests! They cause huge damage to lawns by eating grass roots causing growth to slow and yellow patches to appear. Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer contains the nematode Heterorhabditis megidis it seeks out the Chafer Grubs and attack them by entering natural body openings.
Once inside, they release bacteria that stops the pest from feeding, quickly killing the pest. They do not stop there. The nematodes reproduce inside the dead pest and release a new generation of hungry nematodes, which disperse and search for further prey. There is a whole range of Biological Controls for most common garden pests including Nemasys for Vine Weevil control, Leatherjacket Killer and Grow Your Own which targets a broad range of destructive pests.