Demand for natural slug controls will continue to grow, despite High Court withdrawal and review of metaldehyde ban, says ecofective

Leading eco-friendly pest control supplier ecofective is pressing ahead with its strategy of bringing pioneering slug control products to market - despite the shock news that the ban on chemical metaldehyde slug pellets has been overturned following a legal technicality.

Following a legal challenge by Chiltern Farm Chemicals, the High Court has decided to withdraw and review DEFRA’s ban on metaldehyde slug controls, which saw retailers clear shelves of metaldehyde-based products by the end of June.

Ecofective’s Head of Sales, Nigel Thompson, said: “The news that metaldehyde could return as a result of this decision is disappointing and flies in the face of growing consumer demand for natural and environmentally friendly pest control products. We know that retailers and consumers are crying out for slug control products that protect precious plants from molluscs without posing a risk to nature or the wider environment - and that is what we will continue to deliver.”

New ecofective® Slug Killer is a high-quality pelleted bait that provides effective slug control using a ferric phosphate formula. Available from Homebase and supplied in a recycled container, it’s approved for organic gardening. ecofective® Slug Killer can beapplied on bare ground outdoors, in greenhouses and under permanent or temporary covers. It contains FERRIMAX® bait that causes slugs to stop feeding and move away from the natural slug controls - Ferrimaxarea.

Retailers can offer a comprehensive range of controls by stocking RHS Slug Killer, an effective slug and snail control that’s also approved for organic growing. Its ferric phosphate pellets are rain-resistant and suitable for use around flowers, fruit and vegetables. Once positioned in moist areas, pellets soak-up water and swell, making them even more appealing for slugs to eat.

A third essential product to stock is ecofective® Slug Defence, which is used to create a physical barrier around edible and non-edible plants. Long-lasting, non-toxic granules deter slugs and snails from reaching plants throughout the growing season. Child, pet and bee-friendly, the product has been developed from naturally derived ingredients that do not turn spongy when wet, unlike some clay repellents. The granules can be used to protect plants in pots and containers, too.

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