Wool Slug Deterrent Mat, a Review- Do They Work?

Slugs are a serious pest in the garden
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Name of Product: Woolrich Wool Slug Deterrent Mat

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Dimensions of the Mat: 10m x 48cm

Shipping Weight: unknown

My Score: 8/10

In this article, we will be reviewing if wool slug deterrent mat is worthwhile to have in the garden. We know from bitter experience what damage slug and snails can do in the garden, where they congregate and damage your prize-winning vegetables and plants have been decimated completely.

Slugs are a serious pest in the garden
Slugs are a serious pest in the garden

I have talked about slug in the past including plants that they do not favour by these hungry pests. I have also discussed want you can do to minimise slug and snail attacks and I have reviewed Neudroff slug and snail pellets that are made of iron phosphate. In this article, we will be discussing a method that has not been discussed before to see if it has merit in the garden.

You can reach for pellets that contain metaldehyde that is slowly being withdrawn from the market and that is why I recommend Iron phosphate pellets to be used in its place. These are great for those who do not have any compassion for the way to deal with these pests, as they do not mind the pest dying. For others whose life is sacred, these methods are a no go, as they do not believe in killing at all costs.


For others, especially parents and grandparents and pet owners worry about leaving pellets on the ground. They worry a child or pet may run into the garden, see something exciting and then consume it. You do not want your loved ones, be it a child or pets to fall ill. Instead of using pellets, you can let the snail and slugs run free or you can use alternatives to stop them running amok. You can try copper tapes around the container but you find that they do not work.

Wool makes an effective slug deterrent
Wool makes an effective slug deterrent

The prize of succulent leaves outweighs any pain the slug or snail may feel or experience. You wonder what chemical-free alternative could be used and this is where these wool mats come into play.

It has been known for a long time that slugs like an easy life, they do not like travelling on rough terrain. They simply do not like their delicate bodies being in contact with surfaces that irritates their bodies. Well, that is the theory but let us test it to see if it does what it claims.


This is a natural deterrent for slug and small preventing them from accessing your plants. What makes it different is that it is totally natural, no relying on the use of pellets or alcohol that beer traps rely on. It is, therefore, safer for your beloved children and pets.

You do not have to worry about them putting the mat in their mouths, It is a rich wool blend that acts as a barrier to prevent slugs and snails from accessing your plants. The spiky wool fibres act as barbed wires to slugs and snails, making them uncomfortable for them so that they do not want to travel across it.

Think of it like wearing a woolly jumper next to bare skin and how itchy it is. If it is itchy for you, can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be for the slug and snails?

What makes it even better is that it can be cut to shape, so you can surround the bottom of your container in all directions.


No chemicals, no dealing with slimy slug and snail bodies and no poisons, just the waste material from the wool industry. A valuable product for the organic gardener to add to their pest controlling toolbox, Imagine no more slug damaging your lettuce or cabbage or your hostas and other perennials have no more holes in them; a dream come true for many gardeners.

It has many uses in the garden to protect your fruits, vegetables and flowers, where it can be cut to size if required.

The beauty of the product is that it is 100% biodegradable, where it will break down over time. The material the matting is made out will also stretch to accommodate plant growth. So, if the plant grows the mat will allow it to grow with it.

The area where the soil is covered will suppress weeds from growing underneath it and it will also act as a mulch so that water can be conserved around the plant. This will reduce the need for watering in hot summers,

All you need to do is lay it on the ground and cut a slot to where the plant will grow through. A product that will not only deter the slugs and snails but suppresses weeds and reduce watering.


  • An organic product for the garden.
  • It can be used to stop slug and snails from eating your plants.
  • Can suppress weeds from growing at the same time.
  • Can act as a mulch preventing moisture loss around the plat.
  • Value for money.
  • Made from a waste of the wool industry.


  • They will need to be replaced frequently as soon as it starts to degrade.
  • If the mat gets covered with leaves or soil, then you are allowing a means for the slugs and snail to bypass the mat and eat your plants.


Every gardener has to deal with slug and snails; it is part and parcel of being a gardener. It may seem like a constant battle, but as we slowly change our gardening habits to more sustainable gardening, we need to look to new products. This means we have to look to new methods of gardening as this is why slug mats are useful. I have used them in the past with great success so why don’t you.

If you want to try this product for yourself, then do so here.

If you have any questions or comments that you want to make, please do so in the comment box below.

Keep the slug and snails away today by laying a mat or mats in your garden.


6 thoughts on “Wool Slug Deterrent Mat, a Review- Do They Work?”

  1. Thank you

    You offer such great tips for the average gardener and this is no exception. I have often used pellets but never thought about the inhumane way that these poor creatures have been killed. I now feel really bad that I will definitely be investing in this mat. Forgive me slugs!

    I have also given to all my friends and family because this is such a great product.

    Thank you again


    1. Hi Imelda

      Do not feel sorry for the slugs and snails, as they are real pests that do not deserve any sympathy. I recommend this product as it makes a great alternative to pellets that are so often used. I do hope you think bout use it in the garden.



  2. Hello Antonio, I don’t think I have heard of the slug deterrent mat before even though I have been gardening with my mum for a few months now but looking at how you explain how it works and what they are used for, I think they really do work and I should recommend using it to my mum as well.

    1. Hi Jackie

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed this review and do hope you and your mum do use it in your garden. You never know until you have tried.



  3. Could you comment further on how successful this matting was in deterring slugs getting near plants please? Did you have 80% success rate Less ? more?

    I know it will probably vary according to specific environment / weather but as an average would you suggest these need replacing annually if you take care to keep them clear of additional debris which would speed the breakdown process?

    I have heard of of matting impregnated with copper to deter snails but not the matting you described your article. Have you any comments on which of these two types of matting are more successful and also best value for money?

    Finally did you get any financial benefit from your review? I am just trying to establish how independent your review here might b many thanks.

    1. Hi
      I will answer your questions
      The wool matting will deter snails and slugs as long as it is clear. The success rate is impossible to determine as it does not kill or trap them but stops them from getting access to the plants.
      I suggest you replace them every six months or as soon as they lose their prickling sensation. Copper, as said in the article, does not deterrent slugs and snails and the matting is no different. Wool is very abrasive and will act better.
      I do get a commission if bought but I will always call a spade a spade.

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