Fighting the Spanish Slug

The Swedish Board of Agriculture is on the warpath with the Spanish slug. Speaking to news agency TT, Eva Mellqvist of the Board of Agriculture stated that her institution is starting an investigation into the question on how to avoid new invasions of the slugs in gardens and on the fields.

Spanish slugs, having been imported from southern Europe, have increased dramatically over the past few years in Sweden, often leaving garden owners and farmers without any tools to fight them. The peak of the slug invasion was in 2007 when weeks of consecutive heavy rain falls benefited the augmentation of the slugs. Now, the Swedish Board of Agriculture intends to study Spanish slugs more carefully in order to find means to get rid of them. (ah)