According to the RHS, Slugs & Snails were number one on the Top Ten Pests list for 2009
Each year I think i've won the fight against these little blighters, and then a row of lettuce disappears overnight.
I've tried every non chemical method there is, - with varying successes in varying conditions. But one thing bitter experience has told me is that you can't give up the fight, and now is the best time to start war on them
Past experience has told me to hunt them down under unused terracotta pots, in the centre of Phormiums or Cordyline plants, or in the corners of steps and patios, - particularly if the grass is long and covers them up.
I also pick up every pot in the greenhouse, and round the garden and often find little hangers on. - This method of destroying them early in the season can give you a head start.
They can also be found traipsing across footpaths at dusk, - easy pickings for the salt pot.
Now i've got the chickens to help me get rid of them, maybe this year i'll keep more of my lettuces to myself. I'll keep using bran and grit, and copper bands round my pots.
if you've found a surefire method that works for you, please let me know.