The RHS have brightened up my day by emailing me a list of the Top Ten garden pests of 2007, as calculated by the number of complaints / enquiries they received about them at the Entomology service within RHS HQ at Wisley.
You may not be all that surprised to hear that, after the very rainy summer we had, those old favourites slugs and snails moved back into the top spot; beating up-and-coming pest the Harlequin ladybird into second place.
If you are a member of the RHS, you're entitled to use the advisory service free of charge - last year, some 30,000 members did so. Or maybe it was 3,000 really keen members ten times each. You never know.
The point is, if you have something weird happening in your garden, these are the experts. One tip - they often prefer a nice digital photo to a rotting-in-the-post example of the real thing.