are slug pellets harmful to birds

My garden is a great feeding ground for snails – they even devoured a lovely clematis this summer. There are a number of frogs and toads in the garden but they cant keep up with the number of snails. I thought of putting slug pellets down but am worried that the frogs and toads might get poisoned too if they eat a dead snail which has been poisoned.

Does anyone have any advice they can give me as the Garden Centre was unable to help me.

Snails love my garden as a feeding ground; this summer, they even ate a beautiful clematis. The garden is home to many frogs and toads, but they are unable to keep up with the snail population. I considered placing slug pellets down, but I’m concerned that if the frogs and toads eat a dead snail that has been poisoned, they could also become ill.

The Garden Center was unable to assist me; does anyone have any advice?

I would advise doing a small amount of baiting in the evening, after the crows have flown to their roosts for the night. This will require a little more work on your part. By doing this, you’ll increase the likelihood that the pellets will be available for that evening’s slug. By doing this, you can also reduce the amount of slug pellets that crows—or any other birds or animals—ingest. This is beneficial because it will stop the crows from stealing pellets from other critters. I don’t think it’s a good idea for crows to keep accumulating iron, even though I’m not a veterinarian and I don’t know what dosage might eventually kill a crow. Furthermore, EDTA is now added to some product versions and similar products, making them even more toxic to mammals (like dogs). In conclusion, I believe that the best approach to accomplish your goal of slug control and minimize the possibility of exposure to unintentional targets is to modify the timing of your applications.

With remarkable success, I’ve been managing the slug and snail population in the yard with slug pellets. Now the crows are eating every bit of it. The crows are in the yard devouring it as soon as I take it outside and head inside. There are no dead or sick crows in the vicinity. Any suggestions?.

Neil Bell, Amy J. Dreves | April 2021 | Peer reviewed (Orange level) publication of the Extension Catalog

FAQ

Is slug bait poisonous to birds?

Poisoning occurs when pets eat metaldehyde-containing slug/snail bait off the ground or from the storage container. Dogs, cats, birds, and other wildlife can all be affected by metaldehyde. Metaldehyde may cause signs of poisoning even when very small amounts are ingested.

Will birds eat Sluggo?

Commercial Brands Are Toxic After All Ironically, I’ve recently learned that in fact, Sluggo and its kin kill earthworms (which metaldehyde baits don’t) and can also make dogs, cats, birds and other critters ill.

How do I stop birds from eating my Sluggo?

These new slug baits are harmless to birds. The problem is that the birds might gobble it all up, leaving little to help protect the plants from the slugs and snails. To prevent the birds from eating the bait, sprinkle it inside the crown of the plant, where thick stems make it hard for the birds to gain access.

Are slug pellets harmful to animals?

“Dog owners need to be really careful though, as many of the slug pellets you’ll find on the shelf contain a chemical called metaldehyde, which is highly toxic to pets. Metaldehyde poisoning in dogs causes nervous signs, seizures and breathing difficulties within minutes of being swallowed.