After you’ve had your beautiful new bespoke log cabin installed in your garden, you need to make sure that you keep a weather eye open for an invasive species of slug that is being spotted slithering their way around many lawns and allotments in the UK at the moment.

The Arion vulgaris – which also goes by the name of killer slug – has become famous for its cannibalistic tendencies, often feeding on meat, dead mice and each other, as well as crops and plants… so if you have something that you’ve been lovingly tending for the past few months, it’s best to do all you can to protect it now.

Frost is particularly effective at killing adult slugs, but the weather has been so mild for September that icy conditions are still a long way off unfortunately – and it would seem as though the slug infestation could continue, as three months of above average temperatures for this time of year are now being forecast.

If you do need to take immediate action and can’t wait for Jack Frost to put in an appearance, here are our tips for tackling the slug problem head on. Protect your prized plants by cutting out circular shapes of sandpaper that extend beyond the leaves and place them at the base of the shrub so the slugs can’t slink their way up.

Dry cat or dog food can be used to lure slugs away from your plants as well, while copper is also thought to be a deterrent, so perhaps put it around the tops of your flower pots to stop the slugs from getting at them.