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Metaldehyde ban? No problem! New ecofective® Slug Killer has the power to tackle munching molluscs
One of the leading eco-friendly pest control brands, ecofective®, has introduced a new slug killer to help gardeners protect flowers and vegetable plants from attack. Its launch is perfectly timed, as gardeners seek environmentally friendly alternatives to metaldehyde slug pellets ahead of the ban this summer.
New ecofective® Ferrimax® Slug Killer is a high-quality pelleted bait that provides effective slug control using its ferric phosphate formula. Available from Homebase this May, the slug control is approved for organic gardening. Manufacturer ecofective® is anticipating high demand for the product, with slugs and snails taking second place in the Royal Horticultural Society’s top 10 ranking of the worst pests in 2018.
Sipcam’s Matthew Jones said: “With retailers clearing shelves of metaldehyde ahead of this summer’s retail ban, gardeners are looking for highly effective controls to ensure that their flowers, fruit and vegetables don’t fall prey to summer’s onslaught of slugs. New ecofective® Ferrimax® Slug Killer provides gardeners with an environmentally friendlyreplacement for metaldehyde that will protect precious plants from molluscs, while helping the nation to switch towardsgardening in a greener manner.”
Supplied in a new recycled container, ecofective® Ferrimax® Slug Killer can be applied on bare ground outdoors, in greenhouses and under permanent or temporary covers. It contains FERRIMAX® bait, a natural active ingredient that should be applied thinly and evenly on the soil surface around and between plants. Once slugs have consumed the bait, they stop feeding and move away from the area. New ecofective® Ferrimax Slug Killer has an RRP of £3.99 for 250g and £6.99 for 650g.
Gardeners can also take advantage of the benefits of ecofective® Slug Defence – natural, non-toxic granules that provide an effective physical barrier around flowers and veg plants. The long-lasting, pesticide-free granules dry quickly, remaining effective after rain or watering – unlike clay repellents which can degrade after exposure to moisture.
Slug Defence is safe to use around children, pets, wildlife and bees. At the end of the season, the granules can simply be dug into garden soil to boost drainage. ecofective® Slug Defence has an RRP of £5.99 for 2L or £11.99 for 5L.
Another essential product for the green gardener’s armoury is ecofective® Bug + Mildew Control. This one-litre spray is pesticide-free, using a physical mode of action to stop pests from moving and being able to feed, halting bugs in their tracks. The ready-to-use control can be applied to flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetables outdoors and under glass, too.
Not only does it offer fast-acting control of whitefly, blackfly, red spider mite, mealybug, scale insect and psyllid, but the clever formulation also controls powdery mildew, one of the top 10 most troublesome diseases of 2018 according to the RHS. It works by physically washing the foliage to remove active mildew spores.
As well as controlling bugs and beating powdery mildew, ecofective® Bug + Mildew Control’s advanced 3-in-1 technology provides foliar nourishment, encouraging healthy growth and promoting an abundance of fruit, vegetables and flowers. When used on edibles, no harvest interval is required, so produce can be eaten within hours of treatment. A 1-litre bottle of ecofective® Bug + Mildew Control has an RRP of 4.99.
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To find out more about the full ecofective® range from Sipcam visit www.ecofective.uk.com.