Sluggo

Asked April 22, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT

Will Sluggo kill chipmunks or birds?

Skagit County Washington

1 Response

I checked with a colleague and he sent this back. I've heard some rumblings about effects on dogs I think. See the third resource for a reveiw of the scientific literature (very readable).

See http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/ironphosphategen.html#wildlife

If applied correctly, the material is considered "safe", but "the dose is the poison".

That means scatter rather than making big clumps. Place baits in areas where slugs are coming FROM (under the grassy edge of flower beds, ground covers that provide shade and safety, pots, boards), rather than drawing them over to plants you don't want them to eat.
Also, http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/chem_search/reg_actions/registration/related_PC-034903_1-Oct-98.pdf

On the other hand, LCS wrote http://blogs.extension.org/gardenprofessors/2012/05/10/upon-further-reviewiron-phosphate-for-slugs-and-snails/