Eraza Slug and Snail Killer Review
There are some products that try to create a sense of expectation before highlighting what they do. Look at Andrex and its ‘Puppies on a Roll’, or even worse, ‘Kitten Soft’. Basically, both products are paper to wipe you arse clean with. However, they don’t just tell you that to start with. I guess they want to imply that it’s soft before pointing out it’s going to be rubbed on your backside. Okay, that’s fine, but in truth if I’m intending to wipe my arse with a product I don’t expect the paper to feel like a rusty wire brush.
The boys and girls who make Eraza pellets don’t have such a problem. They don’t fuck around. They know what you want, and they give it to you. The branding is simple. The bright purple pots screams ‘ERAZA SLUG AND SNAIL KILLER’. Not only that, but the Z in Eraza has a lightning bolt thing coming off it, striking a slug. Dead. You know it’s not going to make the slugs and snails a nice cup of tea and ask them to move on. It’s a killer, not a social worker.
Eraza uses everyone’s favourite slug and snail killing chemical, metaldehyde. Now, in order to stand apart from the crowd, the Eraza boffins use TR3799 metaldehyde. What does that mean? I don’t know. They say it’s five times more effective than typical slug pellets. They claim – and you can take this with a pinch of salt if you like – that it takes 205 micrograms of metaldehyde to kill an average slug with but just 37 micrograms of the TR3799 metaldehyde.
Now, both Carol Vorderman and I know that they’re lying, because if it was five times more effective you’d need 185 micrograms of bog-standard metaldehyde to kill an average slug. Therefore, Eraza is actually MORE THAN five times effective than other pellets, so it’s a good lie. By the way, Carol Vorderman doesn’t endorse Eraza. Well, she might do, I just don’t know. However, I do endorse Carol Vorderman!
So, let’s review the Eraza pellets. Sold in tubs of 1kg of pellets, the lid has a simple twist thing going on to allow ease of sprinkling. It’s not child preventive, but if your children want to scoff blue pellets from a container with a picture of a slug getting hit by lightning, then maybe you should reconsider your parenting skills. I’ve never read the directions, but I tend to sprinkle until there’s a nice even layer of blue bits surrounding the crops.
A few days later, the area will be littered with dead slugs and snails. It’s a good sight. I’ve sometimes left the bodies there to see if they get better, or come around, but they never do. This isn’t a slug sedative, it’s a killer, just like they say.
It is shower resistant, but if you get a few days of bloody heavy rain, it will need replacing. Still, you’d expect that from most slug and snail killers.
All in all, I am a one-brand slug pellet man, and that brand is Eraza. As a result I’m going to give the Eraza pellets a well deserved 9 out of 10, which means they’re right up there with the best. You might ask why they lost a point, and I’ll tell you. The packaging clearly shows a lightning bolt hitting a slug, and as a result, I want that. Sadly, you can sit for hours and watch slugs and snails approach, lick the pellets and die, but not once will you see them getting zapped by lightning.
I know, because I watched for days. It is a review after all, and I didn’t want to get it wrong!