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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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One thing I noticed, is that if you stand on a large slug partly squashing it, ideally after rainfall, all the other slugs rush round to eat its insides up. They seem to prefer this to plants or anything else. All you need are some paving slabs surrounding your vegetable patch, and some large shoes. Totally gross I know. Must be my worst ever post. But it does work.
Requires constant human intervention.

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They dont like onions or garlic. I would often get a packet of spring onions and scatter them around ....
Works until the next rainfall.

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Old 16.04.2013, 00:22
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Until the next rainfall.

Fail.
Not the ones I buy, they work for months, rain or not.

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Don't hedgehogs eat slugs? (serious question)

If so, how can you encourage one to move in...
The local card shop doesn't carry "hedgehog slug-eating party" invitation cards.

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Old 16.04.2013, 00:25
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Does that actually work? People recommend a similar treatment for scorpions in Arizona. A swimming pool filter media called diatomaceous earth. It's a powder that scorpions supposedly can't cross without cutting their little dainty feet.

There really is a home remedy for everything!
Sorry, no clue.

My mother-in-law spreads straw around the base of her strawberries to keep the slugs from eating them. It seems to work pretty well, but does get tamped down by rain, so has to be refluffed / reapplied every so often to keep it effective.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

M1. Slug pellets. Administer ideally the morning after a light rain/heavy dew. Pellets will get washed away, but not before killing plenty of slugs. Repeat 2 - 3 times over a few weeks. This will drastically reduce the number of slugs. Not really constant human intervention.
M2. (This one really does work). Again, on 3 -4 occasions during summer on mornings of heavy dew / after a rainfall, take a spade and simply cut any slugs seen in half. Don't worry yourself about whether or not another slug or hedgehog eats the remains since they will soon shrivel away anyway. Not really constant human intervention, however, keeping track of new slugs appearing over the year and slicing them as they arrive really does keep them at bay.
M3. If this really is either of the above is too much human intervention for you, either buy a robot to carry out either/both of the above tasks, train a dog to do same, or sell your house/garden to someone who enjoys a little human intervention....
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Use beer
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Don't lose your temper and pull those already chewed and ruined plants out - leaving them in prevents the slugs going further into the beds as they'll go back to the nearest ones.

In Autumn keep turning everything over that's lying on the ground and providing protection for the white eggs lying there.

Spinkle layers of 'Steinmehl' into the compost after rain when the slugs are busy on the top layers.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

sharp grit works wonders in my garden, they wont crawl across it cos it sticks to them............
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

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Egg shells ,crush them up and dispense in the areas of concern ,bio friendly too.
This worked for me.

I also put copper tape round the bottom of pots I didnt want the slugs to get into.
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Old 22.04.2013, 12:46
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

In my never-ending battle with our banana-sized slugs I've tried all the tricks mentioned in this thread. Mostly to little avail. I'm convinced that come nuclear holocaust the first life forms re-emerging will not be the cockroaches but Swiss slugs.

That said, what I have done to try to stem the tide:

First, I try to plant things that slugs would rather not eat. That means for color I plant woody flowering plants and use a lot of cranesbill (Storchschnabel, true geranium - not to be confused with pelagorum, the window-box geranium). Each year I make note of what survived the slug invasion best, and next year plant more of that.

I plant my strawberries in a stone terrace using Erdbeerholz bedding much like PegA's MIL does. But I check for slugs daily, and expect to lose a portion of the crop.

Herbs are also grown in the stone terrace... and all but the basil seem slug resistant.

Salad greens are planted in pots or planters.

There is a product called Snoek Schneckengranulat, small lava stones impregnated with a scented oil that is supposed to repel slugs. I've use this in the mutt-free areas of my garden, with fair to middling success. Most of the larger slugs just laughed at me, though. Be careful, as the oil in the stones should not come into contact with skin or eyes. (Or curious canine tongues.)
http://www.schneckenprofi.de/snoek-s...ngranulat.html

The veggie garden requires human intervention. Yes, it's a raised bed ringed in copper, yes, I use eggshells and/or coffee grinds between the rows... but the slugs are made of sterner stuff.

A quick snip with the shears will do it - or if you have a small child/budding capitalist in the neighborhood, 5 Rappen per slug is the going rate.

A note on slug pellets:

I can't use the slug pellets anywhere the mutts might venture, even the pellets supposedly safe for pets. These are 'safe' not because of the chemical used but rather because they also contain an ingredient that makes the taste unpalatable to most mammals, and so most critters avoid the pellets. But ingesting a large amount of these pellets could also be dangerous. Unfortunately, the Belltie is either lacking taste buds or brain cells (probably both) and will eat grass with pellets in it - so I must avoid their use altogether in areas where the mutts hang out.

However, the mutts cannot get into the front garden so that is where I grow my more interesting and slug-tempting plants - and I do use the 'safe' slug pellets or the Snoek Schneckengranulat in that one area.

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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

I saved every single eggshell over winter, and had a Migros packet full of them. Crushed them, and surrounded my newly planted (and nurtured throught winter on windowsill) Sweet Potato.
I piled the eggshells around it! This morning I found slugs eating the leaves!!!!!! Eggshells dont work for me.

But the beer will. I`d forgotten about that, thanks for the reminder.
Except I also hate the rotting stinking aftermath of slug/beer stew.

Something that has fascinated me for a few years ..... there`s a lovely I think you call it a "Schraebegarten" (?) - on of those tilled and planted patches that people rent to grow veges. It is surrounded by the most magnificent Basil plants I`ve ever seen! About 60cm tall, planted with thousands of Basil plants - like a hedge of Basil! And not a slug to be seen....

Slugs climb walls to get to my single Basil in a pot.

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Old 22.04.2013, 13:26
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Copper tape, does work! I tried it last year, no more slugs eating my strawberries!!
Just be sure to remove it before autumn sets in so that you can use it the next year.
Absolutely! I tried the beer, salt...they were killing my hostas. I went to a hardware store and got copper stripping, cut it and put it around my plants. No more slugs! I even watched one try to crawl over the stripping and supposedly a chemical reaction with copper in their body kinda like shocks them. And sure enough he curled up and backed off the copper.
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Until the next rainfall.

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Works until the next rainfall.

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Don't take it personally Karl........ but you would make a shit farmer.

You have just isolated two of main reasons why horticultural farmers are accused of high prices - reapplication of chemical, and labour intensive practices.

Timing is as critical as the products you select, so keep an eye on cold mornings (excessive dew) and delay any sprayed applications when you can avoid rainfall.

Slugs are not easy to kill, and they are not a large commercial pest, so I couldn't guarantee any specific product to use.

However, from my experience, my tip would be to find "Iron Chelate". It is a fertiliser (NOT Iron Sulphate - both fertilisers, but slugs seem to hate Iron in a chelated form).

Double the application dose, but use ONLY during periods of high slug pressure.

You may also want to find some sort of adhesive (which I don't think is commercially available), but if you can find a product with the active ingredient "Chlorothalonil" It is a very safe product to use.

Organic people can use Molasses, but in this case I'd recommend against it. Firstly the Iron reacts badly with Molasses, and secondly, Molasses will probably attract slugs rather than keep them away.


Too much Iron Chelate will also start to bind with Phosporous in the plant, so it's not recommended during flowering periods.






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First, I try to plant things that slugs would rather not eat.
Conversely to Meloncollie's idea....... but directly responsible for my suggestion.

Another method commercial farmers use is called "Controlled trap cropping".
It's as obvious as the title says.

Surrounding the desired crop, plant a few rows of a MORE desirable crop to the pest you trying to control.

Slugs don't exaclty "FLY" into a field, so if you keep an outside rows as an indicator of "Slug pressure" to help guide you when (and what) to spray.

In your case, keep the outside rows 'unmounded' to allow better access for the slugs.
ALSO never spray these rows at all to keep them more attractive.

Monitoring is always the key to pest control, so if you don't make the time to keep a check, then expect losses to occur.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Look: a green, local and environment friendly approach, involving no chemicals!!!

http://translate.google.com/translat...rgots-16436790

You can rent some of those Indian runner ducks, for a few days!

Seems the perfect solution.
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

Chooks are indeed great at eating slugs ... and vegetables, so not realy a solution.

Raised beds really help as you can use copper tape all around - which they hate. Not sure where to get in CH but I get mine from Harrods Horticultural in UK.
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Chooks are indeed great at eating slugs ... and vegetables, so not realy a solution.

Raised beds really help as you can use copper tape all around - which they hate. Not sure where to get in CH but I get mine from Harrods Horticultural in UK.
Thats a good comment, maybe the "runner ducks" had a flaw... I actually don't have a garden, so I did not think about that.

But I read mixed reviews, apparently those "runner duck" are special and mostly eat slugs or snails-
Here it says they don't eat any "greens":

http://permaculturenews.org/2013/02/...-runner-ducks/


Anyway, I think it's easy to put a plastic fence around the sensitive areas, they'd still catch most of the slugs "cruising around".
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Don't take it personally Karl........ but you would make a shit farmer...
That is precisely the point. I am not a farmer of any type. I have a day job which actually pays well, the time I have to devote to gardening is all of about 3 hours per week. So all this talk about selectively applying different minerals and chemicals and constantly supervising it is NOT going to fly.

I am looking for a foolproof (slugproof, actually), PHYSICAL method to keep them out of a very neatly enclosed 1.5 x 1.5 m raised bed. I also don't want to deal with hundreds of disgusting slug corpses littering the lawn.

So far the copper tape looks promising, but I still have to find where to get it here. I have also found folded sheet metal barriers on the web (German company) that are supposed to be impossible for slugs to climb over.

The vegetable plants just went into the soil today...all sorts of yummy things for slugs to eat. I will keep everyone posted on the battle and countermeasures....
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Re: How do deal with slugs in the garden?

There are some plants that slugs don't like. If you plant these plants in your garden you will avoid their presence.
The most effective are the nettle, yellow mustard, chervil and watercress.

You can also cover it with ash, coffee grounds, egg shells crushed or sawdust.
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They dont like onions or garlic. I would often get a packet of spring onions and scatter them around whatever else I was growing as dont take up much earth room. not so much to grow those onions but to keep the slugs away. I also plant the odd garlic bit I have over.

Not sure how fool proof, but remember occasions I had no slugs and yet my neighbours complained they did.

The beer thing, I dont know about sinking something, I would use those shallow yoghurt or other desert plastic pot to put the beer, then put them in the rubbish.
They often eat the onions I planted… But they don't like garlic.

The best way I found to prevent slugs from eating everything, is to pick them up… And spread around the plantations sawdust or ashes.

Beer works well too: be careful to use something from which they can't escape once they're drunk, otherwise they'll just swallow your beer before eating your salads…
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