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I have too many hostas for copper/eggshells and so on and very persistent slugs. I have, however, used wildlife friendly slug pellets for several years and find them very good. I have cats, dogs, loads of birds, hedgehogs, amphibians and insects.
You need to be organised and scatter the first few pellets around susceptible plants in late winter or early spring to get them as they emerge from hiberation and then every couple of weeks to catch the stragglers and the newly hatched before they have time to breed or feed. I start on Valentine's Day as it's easy to remember.
You can also spray with a garlic solution as they don't seem to like that either.
I only have a few hostas but I put pistachio nut shells around them, slugs don't seems to like crawling over them and don't like the salt. Plus we get to scoff nuts in a good cause.
I have some hostas which I hate the slugs getting too. I start putting down some slug pellets just before the plant emerges. Last year I tried some nemaslug treatment as I had heard Monty Don talking about this. It was great I didn't apply it until May it gives 6 weeks of cover this also helps the new growth of other plants emerging. I am just about to apply some today as the ground temperature is ready and we had some very heavy rain yesterday which is the ideal time to apply it.
What I would really like is to have some frogs move in as they would certainly help a lot.