Monday, September 03, 2012

Slater Control

Slaters are a multi-legged, land-living crustacean found all over Australia. They are known as Wood Lice, Pill Bugs and Roley Poleys. They're scavengers, which mean they mainly feed on decaying organic matter and, in doing so, recycle nutrients and help build soil. Unfortunately, every now and again they turn their attention to living vegetable matter and that's when they can become an absolute nightmare in the garden.

In recent years there has been an explosion of slaters in Western Australia. Josh thinks this is probably as a result of the mulch everyone has been putting on their gardens which creates perfect conditions for them to breed up to high numbers.

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