Welcome to my website where I gather information about plant pests and pathogens preying on gardens in my local area in Melbourne. I want to live in harmoney with nature and so I use exclusion techniques and natural predators to protect my edible and ornamental plants instead of using poisonous chemicals...................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Porcellio Scaber are known in Australia as slaters or pill bugs. In other parts of the world they are known as woodlouce (UK), sowbugs (USA) or soilbugs (NZ).
They play an important role in breaking down organic waste materials, but unfortunately they are not averse to feasting on sprouting seeds, young shoots and seedlings.
Why Slaters are a Pest.
They are a
mixed blessing in an Ecobed. The moist conditions in the Ecobed's worm
farm make a fine habitat, and they prosper doing an excellent job of
shredding and breaking down the organic waste.
they stray into the growing areas of the bed often attracted by mulch
on top of compost, and munch on any soft green plant tissue they can
I keep numbers down by using (organically approved) iron chelate based snail bait scattered lightly where seeds have been sown, and new seedlings recently planted. I don't broadcast the bait since I am not interested in eradicating the slaters.