have recently shifted and have the challenge of fully landscaping
our section. To my horror we share the property with zillions of
slaters! I'm desperate to eliminate them before replanting.
can be a bit of a problem, especially in damp corners of the garden.
They like to hide under old timber, bricks and sacks left on the
ground. While they prefer to eat dead or decaying plant matter,
they will sometimes attack small seedlings. You can beat them by
removing any rotting material that they feed on and also by removing
any shelter. If they become a real pest there are suitable insecticides
available to rid your garden of these pests. A simple, organic,
but not particularly nice, method of slater control is to pour boiling
water on them.
Gardener, Issue 98, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.