I have slugs :(

lovefirst17June 3, 2013

I've put a perimeter of cedar oil granules and beer traps. They're still gnawing stuff up. I can't put more beer traps out and I can't seem to find diatomaceous earth. Copper also seems to be MIA and I've read mixed reviews anyway.

Help?

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nycgarden(6)

Never tried this but I read somewhere that putting down some wet sheets of cardboard in the evening may help. The slugs like to congregate under the moist cardboard at night. You then can come in the early morning and collect the cardboard and slugs.

Good luck,
Dan

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 7:51AM
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dsb22(z7 VA)

Sluggo is a great product. Organic and also effective very quickly. I also like Sluggo Plus, but I've really only used it for slugs.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:43AM
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lovefirst17

I just found Sluggo and diatamaceous earth. Can I use the Sluggo in my veggie pots or does it need to form a perimeter on the ground.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 11:16AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You can use Sluggo in your veggie garden. Read the labels of everything you apply to your yard and gardens....Sluggo clearly states that it can be used around veggies and other edibles.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 12:23PM
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lovefirst17

I did read it. My question is can I put it IN the veggie pots or does it need to be AROUND the pot forming a perimeter

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 12:36PM
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gardengal48

I have the same issue :-) PNW slugs are fabled plus I've got snails that would make a gourmet drool with delight!! I can control these creatures on inground plantings but containers are more difficult. First, the containers themselves pose no deterrant at - they just slime their way to the top. And they often never touch the soil at all but immediately latch on to any overhanging foliage.

While I do dust the potting soil liberally with the Sluggo, I also sprinkle it around the perimeters of the containers themselves. And that seems to be helping. I also hunt the culprits down during the day when I can - they like to hide from the sun and heat under the foliage in the containers and under any lips on the containers themselves.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 3:56PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I put slug magic (with the same ingredient as sluggo: iron phosphate) right in my containers. It's not only safe and effective, it actually provides a little nutrition to the plants. No more wasting beer on the enemy for me.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:05PM
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lovefirst17

Aha! I found some places they like to hang out. I've also collected about 30 of the, in three days, for the garbage. And the diatemaceous earth has really been working. Here's hoping!!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 11:27PM
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