Slaters, also known as woodlice, are multi-legged, multi-segmented bugs that scavenge on decomposing plant material around the garden.
Slaters or woodlice are not usually regarded as a pest. They live in leaf litter and amongst decaying wood and the cracks and crevices between stones. However, on occasions when conditions have been favourable to breeding they can boom to large numbers.
Slaters can sometimes be found in huge numbers in vegetable patches. Also as they grow they need to find larger spaces to live in and can on mass wander into buildings seeking new homes.
To get rid of slaters / woodlice:
Kiwicare LawnPro Lawnguard can be sprinkled on soil and gravel areas where slaters are found. It should be watered in well with a sprinkler or good shower of rain.
To stop slaters moving indoors apply a barrier of LawnPro Lawnguard or PLANThealth Insect Hit Granules in a ring around the building and spray around the base of walls, around vents, doorways and windows with NO Bugs Super.
Did you know
Slaters are members of the family Porcellionidae. The common slater or woodlose found in New Zealand gardens and back yards is Porcellio scaber.
What are Adjuvants and Should You Use Them?
Adjuvants are substances that can be added to sprays to improve the spray’s performance. Those in agriculture, horticulture, nurseries and other commercial operators will be familiar with some adjuvants but should home gardeners also use such products?
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