Banana slugs

Asked April 9, 2019, 12:33 PM EDT

Are banana slugs harmful to my flower or vegetable garden? I remember learning that they are beneficial but I would like to clarify. The internet is giving me very mixed answers.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Hi there,
Thank you for your email. Banana slugs tend to live in woodlands and feed on decomposing plant material, fungi and living plants. If they find themselves in your garden they will likely feed on your vegetables but should not become a serious pest. Banana slugs are a very beneficial species because they help break down decomposing vegetation and return the nutrients to the soil.
Best wishes