Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:46
Hi somapop I agree with fairygirl, late night collection is the only way, plus buying plants that are hardy to withstand slugs, hairy leaved plants, shrubs, grasses, clematis, phlox hydrangers are all immune to slugs.
i have an head torch, a tool like large tweezers and a jar of salted water, I can pick up 80 to 100 slugs a night in spring. I find after a couple of nights there a much fewer so two nights on a weekly basis usually keeps them at bay, until things get going.
Also summer plants grown from seed need nightly inspections until they get big enough to withstand a bit of munching. Plus always water beds and borders in the morning because wet soil helps slugs to get around.
i hate slugs and snails with a vengeance, i find they come out of crevices at the bottom of walls and crawl up at night to pots on walls or hanging baskets, they hide under stones and plastic bags in the daytime so anytime a see a slug or snail its got to die there and then there is nothing on the market that is better than killing them yourself or in salt water.