For the first time in the last 50 years, a new snail bait is available, and it doesn't contain metaldehyde. Sluggo was developed in Europe and is now available in the U.S. It's active ingredient is iron phosphate so it is an organic compound that breaks down into a fertilizer. Sluggo is used the same as any other bait simply scatter in the evening where the snails and slugs feed. It has a slower activity than metaldehyde, so the snails go back under the leaves to die.
Sluggo can be used in vegetable gardens up to the day of harvest. But the biggest advantage to Sluggo is that it does not contain metaldehyde so you can use it around pets and wildlife. Sluggo may cost more but what is your dog worth.
Rate & Coverage:
1 lb. covers approximately 1,000 sq. ft. or 1 teaspoon per sq. yd.