A: The most common slug pellet contains metaldehyde, a dangerously poisonous material if eaten by cats or dogs. The pesticide is very effective, inexpensive, and for a lot of folks, does the job very well.
Pet owners, however, should use something different. Iron phosphate granules, such as our Bonide Slug Magic or Sluggo Plus with Spinosad, are a pet friendly answer to the problem. Apply to affected beds every one to two weeks until the snails are done; also, try to let areas of heavy snail infestation dry out more in between watering when possible.
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