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Tackle slugs and snails with new bait

Published on 28/06/2013

Delicia Sluggoff Lentil bait is now being distributed by Key, and controls all types of slugs and snails in all crops, horticulture and the home garden, the company says.
The bait can be spread by hand, mechanical spreaders or by air.
Scientists at Frunol Delicia in Germany have devised a patented thin disc (lentil shaped) preparation that enables even small snails and slugs to nibble the bait pellet.
The active ingredient metaldehyde works on mucous secretion to cause desiccation but also immobilises snails and slugs through effects on the nervous system.
“Delicia Sluggoff Lentil bait has a three per cent concentration of metaldehyde while other commercially available baits are typically 1.5 per cent or five per cent.
Sluggoff lentil bait is used at a lower application rate than the five per cent product and at much lower rates than the per cent product.”
Key says the bait is so effective that the lower total chemical usage is achieved without loss of effectiveness.
“Delicia Sluggoff Lentil Bait only needs 3 kg per hectare for broad acre application, which is much lower than the recommended and legally permitted rates for most other products.
Thus, the cost of control and spreading per hectare is reduced.”
Sluggoff contains the bittering agent Bitrex to minimise non-target uptake.
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