Whilst I strive as far as possible to make my garden wildlife friendly there are some garden visitors that I would prefer not to take advantage of my hospitality!
I have a resident thrush that consumes vast amounts of snails – she whacks them on one particular paving slab and leaves the empty shells (and a certain amount of nasty mess!) for me just to prove just how many she has eaten!
However natural predators may not be quite up to the job if there is a really bad infestation, I don’t want to destroy ladybirds and other good visitors so I only use Biological Controls which I find are really effective – especially against slugs - I really don’t want too many slugs in my veg plot! Nemaslug and other Nemasys products do not harm any other wildlife, children or pets and they are very easy to use.
The other pests that send me into an almost murderous rage are Cabbage White Caterpillars - I had a devastating attack a few years ago - I woke up one morning and my plants were alive with the horrible things, my brassica leaves were all lacy!
It’s not just the holes in the leaves but the horrible ‘frass’ (that’s caterpillar poo to you and me!) that I hate and I just couldn’t bring myself to eat any even after washing! So now as soon as brassicas are planted they get covered with Insect Netting so the butterflies can’t get near to lay their eggs!
The netting is fine enough to keep out cabbage and carrot root fly and whitefly too while allowing water and air to pass through. It also gives some protection from high winds and heavy rains creating a safe micro-climate. It is very light weight and doesn’t fray when cut. Remember prevention is always better than cure!