Pest Species

NATIVE UK SLUG SPECIES CONSIDERED A HORTICULTURAL PEST:

The Grey Field Slug (Deroceras reticulatum), a pest on agricultural land as it feeds mostly on seeds and plants above ground, and is a major threat to cereal crops.

The Brown Field Slug (Deroceras invadens)

The Brown Soil Slug  (Arion distinctus), a major pest of potatoes and attacks both leaf and root crop.

The Blue-Black Soil Slug (Arion hortensis)

The Budapest Keeled Slug (Tandonia budapestensis), will feed on newly drilled seeds underground and will badly affect crops such as potatoes. As it spends most of its time underground it can prove very difficult to control.

The Large Black slug (Arion ater), will eat seedlings on agricultural land in spring, but it is much less damaging than the other pest species.

The Large Red Slug (Arion rufus)


NON-NATIVE INVASIVE UK SLUG SPECIES CONSIDERED A HORTICULTURAL PEST:

The Spanish Slug, Arion vulgaris

 

The Spanish Slugs are known to:

  • Produce twice as many eggs as slugs native to the UK
  • Tolerate hotter and dryer environments
  • Have an extensive omnivorous diet which includes excrement, dead animals and crops that aren’t normally susceptible to slug feeding
  • Push out other slug and snail species to dominate an area, due to large size and high population density

 

The Iberian Threeband Slug (Ambigolimax valentianus)