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SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!


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DAN MACKINNON14-Mar-00 11:24 AM EST   
D. Hunt14-Mar-00 03:39 PM EST   
Marg15-Mar-00 02:37 PM EST   
Sharon19-Mar-00 12:11 PM EST   
Sonia23-Mar-00 07:07 PM EST   
Marg03-Apr-00 09:40 AM EST   
Sonia03-Apr-00 11:24 AM EST   
mary08-Apr-00 06:22 PM EST   
mary08-Apr-00 06:31 PM EST   
Mona09-Apr-00 12:02 AM EST   
pansyman14-Apr-00 01:35 PM EST   
Arlene15-Apr-00 04:48 PM EST   
Colin Park15-Apr-00 09:28 PM EST   
Jan19-Apr-00 04:15 PM EST   
Chris22-Apr-00 10:26 PM EST   
Sharon27-Apr-00 10:39 AM EST   
katherine28-Apr-00 10:41 PM EST   
Judy O03-Jun-00 10:20 PM EST   
Gerri06-Jun-00 10:22 AM EST   
Joanne06-Jun-00 02:03 PM EST   
JDB12-Jun-00 08:21 PM EST   
Judy16-Jun-00 09:30 AM EST   


Subject: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: DAN MACKINNON
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Date: 14-Mar-00 11:24 AM EST

Great food for slugs, in my garden, is Dahlia plants!! Every year I faithfully plant my Dahlia bubls, and every year the slugs eat them off so terribbly that some plants don't even bloom. The slugs have even invited all their snail friends along. How do I stop it from happening this year, without poisoning my dog or feeding him beer? I am reduced to going out at nite with the saltshaker and sqeezing the snails shells.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: D. Hunt
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Date: 14-Mar-00 03:39 PM EST

I read about some solutions to slug problems last year and smugly thought "I'm glad I don't have that problem", but alas I noticed holes in my hosta leaves at the end of last summer and will be trying out some of these this year. I don't know if they work but I going to give the organic way a try. I have read that applying ground-up eggshells to the soil around plants where slugs and snails are active will deter them as the edges of the eggs apparently irritate their bodies. Same thing with Diatomaceous earth (very spikey). I've also read that sprinkling wood ashes or talc around the plants help....it's supposed to dry the slimy film, which kills the slug. The last option is using copper strips to encircle the plants. There's an article on this website by Marion Stirrup titled "Just Say "No To Escargot" with some "Seasonal Slug Prevention Tips" that you may want to read.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Marg
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Date: 15-Mar-00 02:37 PM EST

Hi. Slugs are a nasty problem that I also had to deal with last year. I went out to the hardware store and bought several of those big sheets of sandpaper. It worked but this year I will cut them in half and place them, overlapping so the slugs can't crawl through, around the hosta. This year I will do this before the slugs attack because they seem to like the tender new foliage best. I have never had dahlias, but I heard a professional shower say that he smeared veseline on the stems of the plants and also removed the lower leaves. That also helped keep the earwigs down. According to him, this was working and he had beautiful flowers for the shows. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Sharon
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Date: 19-Mar-00 12:11 PM EST

I'd stick with the organic methods as well. Instead of beer, you can mix a pinch of sugar and a small amount of yeast in water. It's the yeast in the beer that attracts the slugs. Diatomaceous earth works well but has to be reapplied after each rainy period. Ashes must be replenished too and remember that while ashes add potash to your soil, it also makes it more alkaline which can be a problem. I've had the best luck using a thick mulch of old rotten sawdust. It has to be old and black so it doesn't leach nitrogen from the soil when it breaks down. Here in central interior BC, old sawdust piles are everywhere because there used to be so many small sawmills here at one time. Bark mulch works too but not as well as the sawdust. Instead of sprinkling them with salt, mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and spray them with that around acid loving plants. Use 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water around alkaline loving plants.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Sonia
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Date: 23-Mar-00 07:07 PM EST

Here's a new one that I have never heard of before. It's outlined in "plant ahead" in the latest Gardening Life magazine. Apply a mixture of one part ammonia to 10 parts water to emerging hostas to kill overwintering slugs.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Marg
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Date: 03-Apr-00 09:40 AM EST

IHi Sonia! I read your posting about using ammonia for killing slugs. I had some doubts about using ammonia in the garden even in such a diluted form, so I did some checking. The ammonia used can actually be harmful to the soil and to the plants. Myself I use sandpaper and it works, others use diatomacious earth. Other people go out at night and handpick them.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Sonia
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Date: 03-Apr-00 11:24 AM EST

Marg, I'm surprised that ammonia is harmful to plants and soil. It's used in quite a few of Jerry Baker's "gardening tonics". I thought ammonia contained nitrogen. What exactly did you find out? How is it harmful to plants and soil?


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: mary
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Date: 08-Apr-00 06:22 PM EST


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: mary
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Date: 08-Apr-00 06:31 PM EST

Eggshells float in a heavy rain. The racoons drink the beer I put out! Now I use half of a grapefruit shell and each morning empty the slugs into salt water. I often get fifteen per rind. Marjorie Harris recommends Wormwood Tea on the garden to get rid of the young. I haven't tried as yet, as I haven't the plant, as yet.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Mona
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Date: 09-Apr-00 12:02 AM EST

I read or heard somewhere once about using fish emulsion fertilizer to rid the flower beds of slugs,seems to work great on my hostas,, I mix it in a big watering jug and soak everything good a couple of times a month,,,works great,,


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: pansyman
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Date: 14-Apr-00 01:35 PM EST

I'm from the Slug Liberation Front and am appalled at this cruelty to our slimy friends. Just kidding- I found 'slug bait' pellets at a garden store that kill them, but hide them underneath plants or birds can eat them. I just found a powder by Safers that's supposed to be harmless to animals.You can also go out in wet weather and grab them...


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Arlene
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Date: 15-Apr-00 04:48 PM EST

I go out at night with a flashlight and a pair of sissors and snip the slugs in half, not for the faint or heart but is faster than putting them in a dish of salt which is what I used to do.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Colin Park
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Date: 15-Apr-00 09:28 PM EST

I work with a local garden store, GARDENWARE located in Mayfair Mall of Victoria BC. We have a few products that might be of interest to you, we have slug pots. Yes, you do use beer, but it is a ceramic bowl covered by a decorated lid so your dog will not be able to access it.

We have slug bait, but my favorite item is a thin copper band. The slugs can not pass the border you make with it, it works great.

Those are some products that may help, if you are looking into other methods, look into preditors such as snakes. If you are interested in any of these products please drop us an email.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Jan
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Date: 19-Apr-00 04:15 PM EST

I have used the pots for slugs that you fill with beer, and they work GREAT!! Your dog cant get into them but I won't say the same for the craftier racoons out there! Cleaning them is a bit gross, but it's worth it not having holes in your plants!!


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Chris
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Date: 22-Apr-00 10:26 PM EST

I've found the eggshell method to be the least time consuming/messy/gross method of all the above. I collect eggshells all winter in an old flour bag, crush them finely, apply around susceptible plants in early spring (or, in the case of dahlias and marigolds, when I plant them), and they last all season. They break down into the soil, don't look bad after leaves cover them up, and make friends think you're just a bit wackier then they had thought!


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Sharon
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Date: 27-Apr-00 10:39 AM EST

Referring to the earlier comments on ammonia. Years ago, I had a job washing windows. I used sudsy ammonia. I inadvertently dumped an entire bucket on a bed of bleeding hearts. I freaked, thinking I had killed them and what would I do now? I washed them off with a hose and phoned a friend who said, "Ammonia is mostly nitrogen. I wouldn't worry." The owner's bleeding hearts did not suffer any at all, in fact they were lush. It didn't even seem to affect the bloom and this was an entire bucket of it, diluted of course. I don't think spraying a few slugs with it would damage your plants.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: katherine
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Date: 28-Apr-00 10:41 PM EST

I have tried everything! I am currently on year 3 of hand picking the slimey little buggers. I fill a disposable cup with hot water and a little squirt of dish soap, arm myself with a cheap pair of long handled tweezers and go out each morning, just after dawn and begin the hunt. I find it's easier and less messy to just pick the critters up and dump them in their watery grave then to cut them in half, or try to stab them. And all the mixing and salting (BAD for plants!) and emptying of slug traps (all I get are beetles, anyway...)is too much work for too little results. In 1998, in the period from the end of July to the end of August (1 month), 5,590 slugs went to their maker. In 1999, in the period from mid May to the end of August (3.5 months) 4,146 joined their fellow garden-wreckers. And so far, the year 2000 count is 4! The half grapefruit does work really well also, and this year, I am going to try cat food bait - I hear they really like it!! Hope this helps...slugs are about the only BIG down side to gardening!


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Judy O
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Date: 03-Jun-00 10:20 PM EST

I have used the ammonia and water mixture for about 2 yrs. now. I actually mix mine somewhat stronger, the recipe I recieved was 1-4 ammonia to water. I go out at night with a lantern and a sprayer when the slugs are out. They pretty much die before your eyes, and it has never done any damage to my plants. I have alot of perenial beds, as well I have used it in the garden. The hardest part is staying up late enough for it to get dark enough for the slugs to be out. A warning about the pellets you can buy. Something in the pellets attracts dogs to it and it is deadly. We used them once, thinking we had them in a spot the dog would never get to. We were wrong, and paid dearly. We lost a wonderfull family pet, and I would have the slugs take over rather than take any chances again.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Gerri
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Date: 06-Jun-00 10:22 AM EST

Like a lot of people, I too have problems with slugs and crushed eggshells do help. I heard about the copper band but do not know where I can purchase the bands as I have asked at a few places. I live in Winnipeg, so if anyone knows where to purchase these bands, please let me know. Gerri


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Joanne
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Date: 06-Jun-00 02:03 PM EST

Gerri, save your money. The copper bands are very expensive and don't work. I too fought the good fight, but have lost. I laid the copper bands around my test plants and the slugs used them like a little slug roadway. Convenient for the slugs, expensive and wasteful for me.

Someone else here suggested bark chips. I tried that too. The bark chips provided a lovely spot for the slugs to crawl under during the heat of the day, close to the plants, and come out in the evening. It also made them harder to spot. I would follow the slug trail and lose it under the bark chips.

I've tried the pellets, but worry about the neighbourhood animals. I did have limited success with this black goop I bought. You basically squeeze it around the flower beds to keep them from coming in. Must be reapplied after rain. Not sure if it is harmful or not - I can't remember.

My 10 year old is also a member of the Slug Liberation Front. I have to sneak out when she's not around to salt the little darlings.

I don't think mere mortals can ever win a war with slugs. Through continuous diligence, I have been able to control their numbers, but I don't think I'll ever eliminate them completely.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: JDB
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Date: 12-Jun-00 08:21 PM EST

Try wood ash from the wood stove. And you could try just a piece of copper wire from your local hardware store. Cheaper than those crazily expensive bands they sell.


Subject: RE: SLUGS!! ARRRGGHHH!! HELP!!
From: Judy
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Date: 16-Jun-00 09:30 AM EST

LOLOLOL..... oh the great Slug battle. I live in Labrador and we have the slimy little critter here as well. My mother would faithfully put the beer traps out every night only to discover how smart these pests can be...... no matter what kind of a container she used (streight drop off, curved inward lip, etc., etc.,) the little so and so's found a way to enjoy a drink of beer without falling in!!! You should see how they can stretch to have a swig or two and then pull themselves back up to zigzag their way to the next feast!!!! We're trying the eggshell method this year, plus we read somewhere that putting a covering of coarse sand over the garden helps as well because the sand (and eggshells) irritate their tender flesh.... wish us luck, and happy hunting to you


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