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09/03/2013 at 20:40

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? 

09/03/2013 at 20:55
They say snip with scissors is fastest way to kill and then birds will eat.... As yet I haven't been brave enough
09/03/2013 at 21:07

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/19579.jpg?width=240&height=320&mode=max

 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

 

 

09/03/2013 at 21:47

Chop in half with secteurs.  Simples.

09/03/2013 at 22:08

i chuck salt on them they love it.

09/03/2013 at 22:14

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

09/03/2013 at 22:22

10/03/2013 at 09:54

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.

10/03/2013 at 09:57
I found a couple of tiny ones in the gh yesterday. They're not there now...
10/03/2013 at 10:28

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?

10/03/2013 at 11:31

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....

10/03/2013 at 14:33

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......

10/03/2013 at 14:37
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.
10/03/2013 at 15:36

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.

10/03/2013 at 15:45
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...
10/03/2013 at 18:46

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

10/03/2013 at 18:51

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.

10/03/2013 at 18:52

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

10/03/2013 at 19:09

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

 

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

10/03/2013 at 19:25

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

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