Defender Snail & Slug Pellets

Defender Snail & Slug Pellets

Size: 600G Box

Other sizes: 1KG Box

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There's nothing quite so disappointing as checking on your latest vegetable, herb and flower seedlings to find half of them have gone! Vanished overnight, no trace, simply GONE. The usual suspects are snails and slugs, whose voracious appetites may see them consume dozens of young plants in a matter of hours. Tried and true Defender pellets will soon have them under control.

When to use



  • Scatter rather than heap
  • Pellets work best when scattered lightly around young plants to protect them, rather than in heaps, which could be attractive to domestic and native animals
  • Bran based


Suitable For

Eradicating snails and slugs around all plants including vegetables, herbs and ornamentals

Not Suitable For

Do not leave pellets exposed on the soil when domestic pets are present - use a bait trap (available from most hardware stores)

Do not use if it is raining or rain is expected - the bran-based pellets will absorb moisture and break down before snails and slugs have had a chance to find them

Do not use near stormwater drains, streams, or watercourses

CAUTION: Keep out of reach of children.

Read Safety Directions before opening or using.

How to Use

The active ingredient metaldehyde is poisonous to snails, slugs and other gastropods

It works on contact or by ingestion (pest eating it)

It is soluble but it is not absorbed by plants and does not enter the food chain

Sprinkle pellets lightly around plants to be protected

Don't place them too close to plants - the idea is to attract snails and slugs to the baits and away from your seedlings

Apply every few days - the pellets degrade when exposed to weather and the active ingredient is soluble, washing into the soil when you water or it rains

For a complete guide on

How to Use Defender Snail & Slug Pellets, always check the packaging

When to Use

Whenever snails and slugs are present, especially after planting out young seedlings. Sprinkle around the garden after rain, when snails and slugs emerge to eat.

Safety Information


The pellets are dangerous if pets consume enough of them

If a pet has eaten snail pellets, seek urgent veterinary attention

Symptom onset is rapid and small dogs may deteriorate rapidly if veterinary assistance is not sought quickly

MAKE SURE you take the pack with the pet to the vet

Poisoning most often occurs when a hungry pet, mistaking the pellets for pet food, knocks down a packet and wolfs down the contents

Pets and wildlife are not at risk from consuming snails that have already been killed by the snail pellets, because the product will have been metabolised and rendered harmless in the snail or slug gut.

Safety first: 

Read the instructions on the product packaging before use and take particular note of any warnings or cautions on the label. 

Gloves are recommended when handling this product. 

ALWAYS store in a locked shed or cupboard well out of the reach of children or pets.

See the Safety Data Sheet for this product

Technical Details

Pellets contain 15g/kg of metaldehyde

Also included is a bitter-tasting agent to make them unattractive to children and animals

Health and Safety

Always read the pack label and product instructions carefully before use. For further information relating to product safety please review the product data safety sheet link below.

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Defender Snail & Slug Pellets 600G Box (other sizes available)
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