Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has said that muesli is the best bait for farmers to use to lure slugs into traps.
According to Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) figures, uncontrolled slugs could cost farming £25m in wheat and £18m in oilseed rape. AHDB said slugs will not have enjoyed the dry summer however have warned farmers not to get complacent
Andy Evans of SRUC’s crop and soil systems team, said: “Slugs can pose a real problem for farmers so it’s important to gauge the size of the problem before taking any further action. Slug traps are an easy, cost-effective way of doing this and there’s no doubt that Swiss-style muesli is the best way to attract them.”
SRUC recommends a tablespoon of the bait placed under the trap, placed under items such as fertiliser bags and upturned flower pot bases. The college says the best time to use slug traps is after heavy rainfall or after drenching the trap.