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Old 18.07.2008, 11:38
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Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

Help!
After rain, these shell-less snails (SLUGS) appear oiut of nowhere and they numbered like 20 (some are like 3 inches long and half an inch thick = not babies)!
They appear each night, even after I cleared them into the rubbish!

I googled and read some tips.
I would like to know if someone here, has a good way (except to put chemicals).

I have NO flowers, only Thuja hedges and green green grass.
Where did these come from? Slug-heaven?

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Old 18.07.2008, 12:23
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I googled and read some tips.
I would like to know if someone here, has a good way (except to put chemicals).
Tips on what? A good way of what? I'm guessing you're asking how to get rid of them. But you don't even say why you don't want them, are they causing you a problem? I would recommend ignoring them and worrying about something more important.

Welcome to my ignore list, HAT.
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Old 18.07.2008, 12:32
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Tips on what? A good way of what? I'm guessing you're asking how to get rid of them. But you don't even say why you don't want them, are they causing you a problem? I would recommend ignoring them and worrying about something more important.

Welcome to my ignore list, HAT.
Funny, your post seems to me.
Did I ask YOU for a solution? And you put me on Ignore list?
Thank you, really.

"Party for all": one guy turned up and said: "I am going to ignore you".
Then don't answer!

Duh?

Reading the full article, it may dawn to an intelligent person, that these slugs are not welcomed in my garden.
To be clear, they are yakky.

How can I reduce or get rid of all?

Thanks to the intelligent people who may chance on this read.

Thanks
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Old 18.07.2008, 12:39
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

Same problem here, I use slug pellets.

For a none chemical version you can fill a plastic cup half full of beer and bury it in the ground so the top is flush with ground level, the slugs go into it and drown. This is moderately effective and of course doesn't work when it rains since the cup fills with rain water. It's also a waste of beer.
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Old 18.07.2008, 12:52
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Same problem here, I use slug pellets.

For a none chemical version you can fill a plastic cup half full of beer and bury it in the ground so the top is flush with ground level, the slugs go into it and drown. This is moderately effective and of course doesn't work when it rains since the cup fills with rain water. It's also a waste of beer.
As long as you use Feldschlösschen or any other mass-produced crap it's ok. I always boil my brats in that stuff prior to grilling them ...
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Funny, your post seems to me.
Did I ask YOU for a solution? And you put me on Ignore list?
Thank you, really.

"Party for all": one guy turned up and said: "I am going to ignore you".
Then don't answer!

Duh?

Reading the full article, it may dawn to an intelligent person, that these slugs are not welcomed in my garden.
To be clear, they are yakky.

How can I reduce or get rid of all?

Thanks to the intelligent people who may chance on this read.

Thanks
HAT

TGIF, don't pour your sh-it on others....
Now now HAT, knickers, twist...

I once knew a mad italian who set about salting his garden, I mean he bought a bucket of salt and set about salting the garden. He thought it would just kill everything.

I remember laughing my head off. It was a wonderful thing to see, someone so consumed and sure of what they are doing, and without explanation.


Anyway, maybe he was on to something.
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Old 18.07.2008, 13:04
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As long as you use Feldschlösschen or any other mass-produced crap it's ok. I always boil my brats in that stuff prior to grilling them ...


I hope they're well behaved.
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Help!
After rain, these shell-less snails (SLUGS) appear oiut of nowhere and they numbered like 20 (some are like 3 inches long and half an inch thick = not babies)!
They appear each night, even after I cleared them into the rubbish!

I googled and read some tips.
I would like to know if someone here, has a good way (except to put chemicals).

I have NO flowers, only Thuja hedges and green green grass.
Where did these come from? Slug-heaven?

Thanks!
HAT
As you don't seem to have anything (much) in your garden that potentially can be destroyed by slugs (I don't think they eat grass), perhaps you could leave them be; they are excellent food for birds and hedghogs and with a dwindling population of garden birds they need all the help they can get.

Agreed they are pretty ugly and are not pleasant if you find one with your bare feet but they are gourmet to the birds.
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Old 18.07.2008, 13:19
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I hope they're well behaved.
D'oh. Sorry. LOL.

Brats = short for Bratwurst ... I reckon it's US slang.

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Old 18.07.2008, 13:33
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

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As you don't seem to have anything (much) in your garden that potentially can be destroyed by slugs (I don't think they eat grass), perhaps you could leave them be; they are excellent food for birds and hedghogs and with a dwindling population of garden birds they need all the help they can get.

Agreed they are pretty ugly and are not pleasant if you find one with your bare feet but they are gourmet to the birds.
Thanks, I know they are harmless.
They are just so....slimey.

I see birds picking them up, but after 8pm, I guess all are watching football or having a beer in their birdhouse.

I cleared up 2 times yesterday evening, each time 20 pieces.
My Italian neighbour has flowers and vegetables, and he seem to point it out that the slugs are coming from my side. (could be true, so I want to get rid of them, to avoid being the lightning rod).

Thanks for all the interesting responses, esp those off-topic ones.
Thanks. really you guys make this forum interesting, otherwise it will only be Q&A.

Have a nice weekend!
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Old 18.07.2008, 13:42
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D'oh. Sorry. LOL.

Brats = short for Bratwurst ... I reckon it's US slang.
And you boil your Bratwurst in beer that Slugs have drowned in?

Actually, Swiss slugs don't bother me too much. They are not too unpleasant compared to the nasty things I grew up with in Darwin. They where just lumps of creeping, slimy black snot leaving a big snot trail wherever they went.

Closest picture I could find of something similar was:


But imagine blacker and slimier.
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Old 18.07.2008, 13:45
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

I use pellets too; that are not toxic for "dogs, cat, and hedgehogs". Unfortunately, the dogs love them ; the few that they didn't munch on have worked against the slugs though.
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Old 18.07.2008, 13:47
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OMG!!!!
This pic is SOOOOOOO HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!
En guete!
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OMG!!!!
This pic is SOOOOOOO HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!
En guete!
Larger than life. In real life they are only about 3-4cm long.
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Old 18.07.2008, 14:32
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

Don't worry, HAT... Your neighbor has a lot to prove to call you or your
yard/garden the cause of his slugs.

When I had chickens, I would collect them and toss them into the
chicken coop... worked like a charm, devoured in seconds!

Another trick I use, is to collect a dozen of the slimy creatures... boil
them (in an old pot that is used for just that). Then pour the cooled
water around the area where they should not frequent. Somehow they
sense the death and avoid the area.

It works! IMO, better than the pellets, which the slugs just go around
anyway!

The neighbor that salts his garden may notice that the abundance of
salt damages the natural surroundings and discolors the grass after a
while. Who knows what it does to the flowers and plants!
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

We have slugs in abundance on the paths around the house after every rain. My 4 year old son is very adept at running and dodging them. They don't bother me at all, I often think of that joke about whether slugs sell the "Big Issue"....
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Old 18.07.2008, 15:02
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We have slugs in abundance on the paths around the house after every rain. My 4 year old son is very adept at running and dodging them. They don't bother me at all, I often think of that joke about whether slugs sell the "Big Issue"....
I understand totally why they are not wanted. They help
themselves to diverse plants and flowers. They leave trails.
They feel terrible between my toes.

It is a daily routine right now to go out and hunt them down.
Lately, they end up tossed out into the street. There, either a
bird or a car will take care of the rest. Go ahead, call me a
slug-killer
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Old 18.07.2008, 15:06
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Re: Garden Slugs...why, where, how?

Solutions include the drown-in-bier approach mentioned earlier, or professional poison from whatever store you fancy, or sprinkling a little (!) salt on each one you find , or walking around the yard with old gardening scissors and cutting each one in 2 pieces.
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Solutions include the drown-in-bier approach mentioned earlier, or professional poison from whatever store you fancy, or sprinkling a little (!) salt on each one you find , or walking around the yard with old gardening scissors and cutting each one in 2 pieces.
Personally, I don't like to use too much salt in my garden.

But the cutting them in two works... similar to the boiling
them I mentioned. They sense the death and avoid the area.

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or walking around the yard with old gardening scissors and cutting each one in 2 pieces.
Nothing like a Desert Eagle .50 cal to spread bits of dead slug all over the garden.

How you shoot slugs? Easy - you just don't lead them so much.
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