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The Manic Slughunter:)

I've just gone out to my greenhouse to turn the heater on....and encountered five fat brown slugs cruising the garden:/ ....surely with another cold spell imminent it'll kill the slimy critters?? Hubby says if you cut one eye off though they'll just go round in circles...what d'you reckon? 

Bunny ...
They say snip with scissors is fastest way to kill and then birds will eat.... As yet I haven't been brave enough
clogherhead


 We were having some work done at the back of our house this past

fortnight and I asked the builder if he could get me a roll of insulation I put it at the back of my cheep plastic Argos 6x4 greenhouse anyway as i unfurled the insulation above I found several tiny slugs in it ,they all got the chop

 

 

 chica

i chuck salt on them they love it.

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Come on now, slugs, chop chop, wake up, I'm ready with my weeding knife.  chop chop.

The potty gardener

I just squish underfoot- but some of the big onesare getting quite hard to do. Think I may get a pair of scissors especially for the job.

figrat
I found a couple of tiny ones in the gh yesterday. They're not there now...
chicky

Does anyone know how early you can start with the nematodes ?  I know the soil has to have warmed up a bit - but do you have to wait til after the last frosts?

The Manic Slughunter:)

I was told you have to wait until the soil is 5 minimum and that the occasional frost  won't affect the nematodes doing their job but its best to wait until the soil won't go below 5 degrees so:/ I'm guessing when they get sent to me by Marshalls they're giving me the go-ahead as they said they only send them out when conditions are right....don't know if I'm brave enough to use the scissors folks:/ bit squeamish for that one lol but not adverse to using the salt pot or my wellie booted foot) I was horrified as the size of some of them..monsters already.....needless to say they're not there this morning hehe....

Apparently there's a new variety of spanish slugs that are HUGE.  They've been known to eat dead mice, dog poo, and each other.  Hoping to goodness that the nematodes work on these blighters, although they won't need to if I see them first......

figrat
Poppa Greenwood on GQT just advised going out for evening slug hunts now before they start breeding- but by the size of the toddlers in the gh, they're already hatching.
kate1123

I also found 4 in my cold frame yesterday, I placed a bowl of flour and water paste in there as this was recommended by a poster last year and I found it an environmental way to get rid of them.

figrat
How does it work Kate? Do they expire in the bowl? What consistency's the paste? Have just emptied out larder and have found some embarrassingly out of date flour...

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kate1123

They do expire in the bowl, which is quite yucky, not sure why it works. The paste is gloopy.

Elusive

Guiness is also good

 

But I find the best option is going out in the evening when its damp and getting rid of them by hand. That is the method that best worked for me last year

 

I find slugs tend to go back to the same plants every evening so if you see damage the slugs wont be too far away.

artjak

But then, what do you do with a bowl of flour and water paste full of dead slugs; can you compost it?

Elusive

Yes artjak. its all organic meterial so it can be composted

 

The slugs go for the yeast in the flour, thats what attracts them

The mice are also on the move, my dear cat Lennie has started bringing them in and then leaves them half dead. Bless him