Slaters (Woodlice) – Control of Slaters in Gardens.

Slaters (Woodlice) – Control of Slaters in Gardens.


Slaters, also known as woodlice, are multi-legged, multi-segmented bugs that scavenge on decomposing plant material around the garden.


Slaters or woodlice are not usually regarded as a pest. They live in leaf litter and amongst decaying wood and the cracks and crevices between stones. However, on occasions when conditions have been favourable to breeding they can boom to large numbers.

Slaters can sometimes be found in huge numbers in vegetable patches. Also as they grow they need to find larger spaces to live in and can on mass wander into buildings seeking new homes.

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To get rid of slaters / woodlice:

  • Kiwicare LawnPro Protect can be sprinkled on soil and gravel areas where slaters are found. It should be watered in well with a sprinkler or good shower of rain.
  • To stop slaters moving indoors apply a barrier of LawnPro Protect in a ring around the building and spray around the base of walls, around vents, doorways and windows with NO Bugs Super.
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  • Apply NO Bugs Super or NO Bugs Indoor to edges of rooms and places where slaters are congregating.

  • Slaters are members of the family Porcellionidae. The common slater or woodlose found in New Zealand gardens and back yards is Porcellio scaber.

Slaters (Woodlice) - Control of Slaters in Gardens.

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