Slugs

This is the place to discuss not just allotments but all general gardening problems and queries which don't fit into the specific categories below.
(formerly allotments and tips, hints and problems)
Post Reply
User avatar
Andy Hamilton
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 6631
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:06 pm
Location: Bristol
Contact:

Slugs

Post: # 371Post Andy Hamilton
Sun Dec 19, 2004 4:06 pm

right a few ideas on how to get rid of slugs

1. Build a pond and get frogs, toads and newts to eat them.
2. Put down egg shells around your plants.
3. Stick salt on them.

Any more suggestions.......
First we sow the seeds, nature grows the seeds then we eat the seeds. Neil Pye
My best selling Homebrew book Booze for Free
and...... Twitter
The Other Andy Hamilton - Drinks & Foraging

Elderflower
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2004 6:13 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Slugs

Post: # 417Post Elderflower
Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:26 pm

Hi Andy!
I find that the old beer trap works quite well - a shallow container of beer buried in the ground - a cm or two above the surface so that you don`t trap ground beetles. It traps and drowns loads. Trouble is, there`s loads left. Derek says that they probably come from miles around to sample his home brew! A funny thing - I was turning my compost a few weeks ago and found lots of dead slugs in it. Never seen that before. They`d obviously been killed by the heat. I wonder if frogs and birds like cooked slugs.
Learn to love - love to learn

diver
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 263
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:06 pm
Location: Oxfordshire UK

slugs

Post: # 419Post diver
Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:20 pm

hi, I'm new to this but I have lots and lots of slugs on my lottie....i want to put slug beer traps down but am frightened that the frogs will drown it them as I have just built a pond for the frogs and toads....do I just fill old yogurt cartons up to the top with beer (will any old beer do) and bury them and leave a bit sticking up so the beetles don't fall in..and somewhere it says about grapefruit halves...what do I do with them?, sorry to be so useless..

User avatar
Andy Hamilton
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 6631
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:06 pm
Location: Bristol
Contact:

Post: # 420Post Andy Hamilton
Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:43 pm

Hi elderflower and Diver :lol:

Not heard about the grapefruit halves thing. As for beer traps use old pop bottles the smaller size. I have sucessfully used these. Have a butchers at http://www.selfsufficientish.com/pests.htm#slugs for a pic and some details on how to make one. Stale beer is reportedly the best.

Cooked slugs, er not sure if birds will eat them. Perhaps there is a recipe for eating them like with snails. Although I don't think I would want to try
:?
First we sow the seeds, nature grows the seeds then we eat the seeds. Neil Pye
My best selling Homebrew book Booze for Free
and...... Twitter
The Other Andy Hamilton - Drinks & Foraging

scarecrow
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:26 am
Location: Manchester
Contact:

Post: # 427Post scarecrow
Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:51 pm

I've found the best way to control slugs is to keep hens.

They can't get enough of the blighters!

jennywren
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:15 pm
Location: northants

Post: # 476Post jennywren
Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:18 pm

Lots of woodash. The little buggers hate it and it's good for your plants.
What if the hokey cokey really is what it's all about?

User avatar
Dave
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 505
Joined: Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:06 am
Location: Somewhere in the Southwest
Contact:

Slugs

Post: # 480Post Dave
Fri Dec 31, 2004 10:00 am

I tried the beer traps but ended up with loads of drunk snail corpses and felt a bit bad (a bit wet I know).
I've since used two ideas from the Centre of Alternative Technology, they recommend putting long thin bits of wood between your beds and the slugs hide underneath it, you then just pick them off and put them away from your crops.
The other method is decoy, plant nasturtiums aroud your crops and they act as a barrier and the slugs will go for them instead of your veg Or put a pile of comfrey leaves down near your plants as slugs prefer them and will leave your veg alone. You have to keep changing the leaves as they dry out quickly in the sun.

User avatar
FluffyMuppet
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 101
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 8:25 am
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Contact:

Slugs

Post: # 486Post FluffyMuppet
Sat Jan 01, 2005 8:38 am

I mostly use barriers - copper tape around pots and chopped down plastic bottles round seedlings until they're big enough to cope.

When I come across slugs I pick them up with my trowel ( :pale: ) and put them in the compost heap where they can chomp as much as they like without bothering me. But I do have a plastic 'dalek' with a well-fitting lid, so they can't escape.

Post Reply