Given that much of the UK is experiencing its first rain for some time and that the air is becoming much more humid, today, and especially this evening will be a good time to try and control gastropods, those nasty, slimy slugs and snails that are so good at demolishing one's well tended young plants.
After today's showers, perhaps the best way for initial control is to go out just after dark with a torch and a bucket of salty water. Picking slugs and snails off the ground and or plants should be fairly straight-forward. Remember, they have been holed up for some time due to the dry and will be hungry, so will be out in force.
If possible, if one has well ordered seed beds, it may be possible to sprinkle saw-dust, egg shells or coarse sand around these thus preventing a general infestation, but this will not stop larger slugs or snails from entering.
Digging over the garden during the next couple of days after the rain should reveal any laid eggs. These are white and about the size of a polystyrene sphere. Crush if found.
If possible, lay some beer traps. Sink plastic cups into the ground and lace with around 2cm of real ale in the bottom. Partially cover with a stone or brick. Slugs will go in to drink, get pissed, fall in and drown. This is an especially good method of control as it is environmentally friendly. Try to get your local publican to give you some slops.
Planting of marigolds in the veg patch can also aid slug protection as slugs will often climb into these plants during evenings. They can then be picked off and placed in salty water.
Try to avoid using pellets. Although they may be environmentally friendy, they have a habit of attracting slugs and snails from further afield, therefore, although may kill many, more will arrive, and you will probably be doing your neighbours a good turn.