Slug invasion

Posted: Thursday 1 May 2014
by Pippa Greenwood

I’ve been doing quite a bit of planting out and weeding, and have been horrified to see just how well the slugs are doing.


I don’t want to sound as if I have a total persecution complex, but - am I being persecuted? We've had a few days of lovely weather recently and I’ve been planting out, weeding etc, probably just like you. In the process I've been horrified to see how well the slugs are doing.

Luckily the veg plots aren't too badly affected. It really seems that the couple of nematode applications I gave them last year have had a useful longer-term effect – there aren't too many pinky-grey field slugs or black-backed keeled slugs. But in the grass paths there are a phenomenal number of these little-but-lethal slugs. I know that in no time at all, they'll start wending their slimy way to my veg plot and my tasty, tender young veg plants. 

So guess what? I now go everywhere with a small plastic ice-cream tub with a lid. Whenever I find slug eggs, I put them in the tub. I'm also carefully sticking adhesive-backed copper tape around the rim of several pots and planters, because it's such a good deterrent.

And in a couple of weeks or so, when I plant out a whole lot more veg, I hope to have pre-drenched the soil with nematodes. In addition to my slug-egg tub, I'll be carrying my sack of crushed oyster shell to mulch the soil surface too. Belt and braces maybe, but I hope to keep my veg plot safe from mollusc invaders.

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Georgina Chisholm 01/05/2014 at 18:18

What About snails? Nematodes don't work? any other biological control?

Vivdev 01/05/2014 at 19:16

I'm afraid that after many years of war on slugs and snails I have finally concluded that a late night walk with a saltcellar is the only answer. No need to be messy - just a second of seasoning works wonders!
Unless you fancy escargot for supper? Alternatively if I am aware that I have a good frog/toad population by my pond I may move a few - not too big - snails to give them a good and easy supper.

oldchippy 01/05/2014 at 20:16

A good stamp of the foot on a snail make's you fell better,

flowering rose 02/05/2014 at 14:38

Yes its annoying those vegetarians are mighty hungry and are out in force. What a problem and how to solve it. On one hand one feels guilty about killing the poor things ,by putting down pelts we are killing the wild life so we are told. I have found there is no one way as fast as you dispose of them there back and the birds cant keep up. When I find snail eggs I feed them to the fish and try allsorts of devices to stop the them until the end of the season and then then they go forth and multiply a lot more!

scio me nescire 02/05/2014 at 15:23

I had a similar problem last month and just popped out three tins filled with beer and in a few days had three tins filled with inebriated to death X-alcoholic slugs. No snails though... but I don't seem to have many of them. My plants and veg patch are so far in good health. It may work for you too...

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