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22/05/2013 at 10:26

Hi all. Invasion is happening!!!! My raised bed that was slug free last year is inundated already, I have laced with pellets as the dog can't get to this. However last night they were on my paths and on my flower beds and even on the slate in my Hosta pots!! This has always worked before. 

 

I need cheap home made solutions as I can't put pellets everywhere the dog will helpfully Hoover them up!!! Please help. Any ideas. I'm going away for 4 nights and don't want to return to munched plants!!!!

my poor courgette and French beans are missing half a leaf each!!!!!!

22/05/2013 at 11:14

put down broken egg shells and/or salt, or try putting a fine mesh barrier or even fleece around the plants. Bury it into the ground a bit so they can't get past it.

22/05/2013 at 11:15

Hi Red Dahlia, are you a recent convert to gardening? I ask this because sometimes just lawn does little to attract slugs and snails and then the minute we go and buy tasty cultivated plants, the little buggers breed like no ones business and in just a year or two, we suddenly notice them.

If this is not the case, I have used the blue pellets for a number of years successfully as well as piles of grit on the most susceptible plants in my garden, but I've also noticed that the slugs and snails are avoiding the pellets more these days, they seem to live right along side them, or is that my imagination?

22/05/2013 at 12:24

2 years I have had the bed and boarders. I was wondering about trraps to sink into the soil made from plastic bottle bottoms. But what is more alluring to slugs than my plants aNd that lasts longer than beer.  Jam??

22/05/2013 at 12:54

I have noticed that both slugs and snails seem to be attracted to the seed mix bird food I put out. They even climb the bird tables to get to it as well as eating .the ground feed I put down. This seems to be an environmentally friendly way to lure the horrors to a pit trap sunk into the ground with a cover in the form of a piece of slate or stone sat a reasonable height above the entrance to keep out rain. I haven't tried it myself but it may work. Any beasties trapped can then be disposed of.

22/05/2013 at 13:19

Wondering about something sweet or whiney, maybe I'm thinking of wasps! Just v eager to do something that can hide in the dark back bits of my boarders!!! 

22/05/2013 at 13:26

Hi , I have found putting copper wash up scourers round plants helps ,  and have heard of beer traps.

22/05/2013 at 13:33

Take one pair of scissors.  Go out at night with a torch and cut them in half.  They will be gone by the morning.  No pellets, no cost.  Result.

22/05/2013 at 13:43

Well.  Welsh onion  beat me to it.  

Red dahlia, I know it's time, etc., but an old jar or container with salt and a little water and a torch is the only real solution. I do it and I'm a fairly busy so and so.

After dark, say 10 - 10 . 30, go out to your plants and pop the little blighters in your salt solution.  I think those little ones dont touch pellets amyway so picking them off is the way to go.  Also check under your pots.  

If you pick them off at this time of the year your young plants will have a chance to grow.  When they are bigger they resist slugs etc much better.

Or. Use nematodes.   Those sunken beer traps look awful and they are awful

22/05/2013 at 14:01

it's just I am away. It's always the night job when I wee the dog to go round!!! Think I will just have to lay pellets while I am away and hope!!! 

 

Little so and so's, worked too hard this year to let it get eaten now!!

22/05/2013 at 14:02

I would go for either Verdun's or Welshonion's suggestions, in my experience they are the most effective way of controlling slugs and snails. An early spreading of blue pellets helps before the blighters have had the chance to lay eggs, but this really needs to be done around mid February. 

If you can't do that I'd suggest putting pellets under something heavy that your dog can't get to but the slugs can. I have one large container where I know slugs like to hide but it's easy to deal with them there by just using salt all the way round the base. There are many ways of dealing with them and it's really just a matter of finding a solution that you're comfortable with and that works best for you. Oh, and keep an eye on the Hosta's, the slugs absolutely love them.

22/05/2013 at 14:22

I know. They hit my favourite green leathery one when it started to unfurl. They are going to be moved into the gravel while I am away and I will again douse the slate in pellets whilst I am away!! 

last night the slime trails on the raised bed was an eye opener! And the French beans in trug tubs had a hole in the leaf despite liberal pellets around the plants

22/05/2013 at 14:22

Eat lots of Chinese takeaways, keep and dishwash the metal food trays then cut into strips and tack along the side of the raised bed planking. They won't cross these strips!

Jd

 

 

 

22/05/2013 at 14:29

Licence to eat takeaway!!! Great idea. Wonder if you could put a circle around baby cabbages??

22/05/2013 at 14:42

Went on holiday last week and on my return my lovely cabbage plants have been reduced to skeletal stalks! An old man at the GC says he swears by bird cage gravel. Organic (I have toddlers) and very sharp. Have put some around my spinach today. Fingers crossed.

22/05/2013 at 16:33

Copper strips around raised bed.  Paint raised bed with bitumen paint (they won't cross it).

Short term solution for while you are away, use the pet-friendly slug pellets, sharp grit and gravel around baby plants, and get hold of some guttering - if you can't wait, go out and get some from somewhere like B&Q, cut it into  a few 1ft long lengths.  Put it in the areas where the slugs like to congregate, upside-down, with pellets underneath.  The slugs will head for this around sunrise, as they need somewhere dark and damp to hide so they don't get baked to death in the sunshine.  The pellets should do the rest.

You can use the same trick when you're at home, just omit the pellets.  Go out just before you go to work, and turn the guttering over to give the birds some breakfast, or have a bucket of saltwater or a weeding knife ready to despatch them.

Given you have a dog, I would seriously consider using nemaslug, as slugs carry lungworm which can be fatal for a dog - make sure all of the dog's toys are inside at night, as even the slime trails they leave behind can have the eggs in.  Ask your vet if lungworm has reached your area yet when you go in for their annual checkup/boosters.

22/05/2013 at 18:40

Somewhere on this forum there is a garlic solution; as far as I remember, you boil an entire head of garlic, slightly crushed, in a litre or so of water then when it is cool, add small amounts to the watering can.

22/05/2013 at 18:43

Brill thanks! Won't have time tonight but will try

22/05/2013 at 19:03

He's that was Brumbulls suggestion.  Can you cover with fleece whilst you are away red dahlia?

22/05/2013 at 21:33

Coffee. Make a strong brew, no decaff, use it to water the plot. Repeat for a few days. Caffeine kills slugs. More useful ideas here http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_slug_cntrl.htm

 

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