Pre Crop

  • Understand the risk of slaters being present and potential yield losses associated with slater feeding damage
  • Assess the costs and benefits of taking preventative action such as destroying stubble versus baiting

In crop

  • There are no insecticide sprays registered to control slaters, baits have some efficacy but prevention through decreasing refuges is a key part of control.
  • Compare the costs, benefits, and risk of re-sowing against doing nothing

Post Crop

  • Consider using integrated pest management system.

Further details:

Pre Crop

  • Understand the risk of slaters being present and potential yield losses associated with slater feeding damage
    • Slaters survive in cool, moist habitats
    • Slaters can cause significant feeding damage, particularly on canola, leading to seedling mortality and stunted plant growth.
    • The presence of slaters in a paddock does not always mean crop damage will occur because slaters generally feed on decaying organic matter. Only when slaters are in high numbers are crop seedlings damaged.
  • Assess the costs and benefits of taking preventative action such as destroying stubble
    • Sprays are not efficacious on slater control, baits containing methiocarb so prevention is a key part of control.

In Crop

  • There are no insecticides registered to control slaters, baits have some efficacy but compete with green plant material as well as decaying matter to be attractive to slaters so prevention is a key part of control.
  • Compare the costs, benefits, and risk of re-sowing against doing nothing

Post Crop

  • Consider using integrated pest management system
    • Consider costs and benefits of removal of stubble and green bridges, other pests and diseases, biological impacts and risks of resistance to chemicals and erosion.