Slater Control in Your Garden

Isopoda : Crustacea

Slaters are not insects. They are crustaceans and so are more closely related to shrimps than they are to insects. There are several hundred species of native slaters, but the most common slaters found in urban gardens are introduced from Europe. Slaters have several other common names including woodlice, pillbugs, and ‘butcher boys’.

Slaters thrive in damp conditions and are usually active at night. Slaters have become more of a pest in some gardens, especially in heavily mulched gardens, over the last decade or so. Slaters are usually scavengers that mostly feed on decaying vegetable matter, but they also feed on living plants.

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