Slug control

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Re: Slug control

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:56 pm

I normally just let nature get on with things but, I do lay a few roofing tiles and squares of wood about, and just check underneath every so often and squash any slugs that are there....
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Re: Slug control

Postby Diane » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:59 pm

I like the idea of the black bag buffet - brilliant idea. I wonder what you could charge for them on Gumtree? :lol:
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Re: Slug control

Postby Westi » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:22 pm

Made me giggle IDKWIDG! Very descriptive! You could have the makings of a dissertation in that! :)
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Re: Slug control

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:04 pm

Nightly slug patrols on a few successive nights with rubber gloves, a bucket of water with detergent in it and a torch will reduce their numbers dramatically. They die quickly in the detergent and don t try climbing out of the bucket. I reduced the count from 1,700+ on the first night to 2 or three hundred on successive nights. I've a half acre garden and the first slug patrol took an hour and a half.

I sometimes put little heaps of bran near susceptible young plants which is supposed to swell the same as porridge oats inside them.

A few boards or something flat are good hiding places and make them easy to find in the daytime as OH says. Half grapefruit skins serve the same purpose.

I'd be bankrupt if I paid children per slug but wouldn't let them loose in the garden after dark when the slugs come out anyway.

Stamping on them is quite satisfying if rather messy and a quicker end than using salt which seems cruel.

Hair clippings from the hair dresser sprinkled thickly round newly emerging delphinium shoots is a good deterrent until it gets wet.

I could go on but am probably being boring now. :)
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Re: Slug control

Postby robo » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:14 pm

We have a resident toad in the pollytunnel slugs are not much of a problem it's a pity it won't eat mice
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