The Friendly Slug

 

 

Most gardeners cringe when slugs are seen in gardens munching on beloved plants, be they vegetables or flowers. But there is one slug that is actually beneficial.

The tiger slug, also known as the great grey slug or leopard slug, is native to Europe but has made it's way to other parts of the world and is found on both coasts of the United States and several other states as well. While this slug will feed on young plants like other common slugs, it is beneficial since it also eats dead plants and fungi as well as other slugs and snails.

The tiger slug is nocturnal so feeds at night when other slugs are also chewing on plants.

For more information and tips on controlling slugs:

http://www.apluswriting.net/rssnewsfeeds/homeandgarden/slugtips.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limax_maximus

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
Website: http://www.apluswriting.net
Email: Current address on website
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