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So we just moved to an urban setting. The garden front and back are kept beautifully with manicured lawns and floral boarders. However obviously I want to do away with them and plant food.  Potager style.
  I just got the keys, got out of the car and realised that the whole growing area is coated in blue slug pellets
Not going to lie its made me a little upset and has kind of ruined my buzz for the new house.
So how do I go about remediation of the site?
Would removing every single one by hand even do any good as I'm sure most of them will have washed down into the soil already?
 
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Depends on the type but if they are what I think they are,  check out this: http://extoxnet.orst.edu/pips/metaldeh.htm

It appears that breaks down to: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetaldehyde

However,  in their  present state it's pretty bad sounding and getting rid of them sounds right.

Welcome to the urban world.  I know- totally disappointing how poisoned our poor little planet is.
 
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At least this one doesn't seem to persist I  soil and water.
 
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Thanks for the links!
Looks like I'll be out with gloves on tomorrow... The joys
 
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I hope you don't have any cats, cats seem to love slug bait pellets and it will kill them rather quickly.
Besides scooping up all the pellets you can get some button mushrooms and other species to make a slurry to pour on the treated areas, that will help remove the toxins from the soil.

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There are pet friendly slug pellets which are ferrum soemthing (forgot). Do you have the contact of the previous owners and simply ask them which brand they used?
 
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They don't remember the brand but Im planning to hunt through the garage and see if I can find an old box or something
 
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If your soil is not too dry, you can use a vacuum cleaner to save you some work.
 
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..... I don't know if that is the most genius idea I've ever heard or a terrible path to a broken poison filled vacuum cleaner haha. I'll investigate soil moisture levels and see if I'm brave enough
 
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Ok, what i meant was: not so dry (or better loose) that you suck in all your soil. My soil is quite loamy and firm, if i had slug pellets on it, i could easily vacuum them away without getting anything else in the bag. Then i could dispose of them as i see fit. If you got loose soil, you will end up with a bag full of dirt. I can see your hesitation there.
 
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