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B&Q owner Kingfisher stops selling wildlife-harming slug pesticide

B&Q owner Kingfisher will this week stop selling slug pellets with a pesticide that harms wildlife, ahead of a ban by the Government next year. The company said it was the first major retailer to take products containing the chemical metaldehyde off the shelves in its 1,200 stores and from online sales. In December the Government announced a ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde, used to control slugs in a range of crops and in gardens, across Britain from spring 2020 because of the risks it poses to other wildlife. Kingfisher said it was adding several environmentally-friendly chemical-free alternatives to its gardening range this month, including copper tape, wool mats and pellets which are rough on slug feet.

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