Slug patrol...lets do it!

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Slug patrol...lets do it!

Post: #278321 doofaloofa
Thu May 01, 2014 8:47 pm

Get your torch and scissors and lets go hunting slugs
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Post: #278324 Zech
Fri May 02, 2014 9:43 am

I'm not finding so many slugs this year. Is it just a bit early, or could it be... is it possible... maybe the centipedes and beetles are getting the upper hand?

Nah, that's an impossible dream. I'm sure the slimy buggers will be out in force come June.
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Post: #278328 Flo
Fri May 02, 2014 4:29 pm

Snail patrol would be useful here.

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Post: #278330 Odsox
Fri May 02, 2014 4:53 pm

I've been doing that for about a month now.

I got my comeuppance when I said last year that one of the benefits of hydroponics is that it's slug free. Well that ain't the case, the little (and big) buggers overwintered in the vermiculite and now that I've filled the pipes with gourmet slug food (cauliflower, lettuce, etc) they are having a party.
I think I may have just about gained the upper hand, I'm only finding the odd one or two now on my nightly prowl.
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Post: #278331 doofaloofa
Fri May 02, 2014 5:09 pm

Show them no quarter!
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Post: #278552 doofaloofa
Sat May 03, 2014 9:46 am

Night two

resistance has signifigantly reduced
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Post: #279154 MKG2
Mon May 05, 2014 11:06 pm

Frogs. That's all I have to say.

Amphibians are great - but not if you're a slug.

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Post: #279166 Green Aura
Tue May 06, 2014 1:05 pm

We've bought a cheap fish tank and are going to get our own back on the little buggers. (We've had the tank for over a year - this year we're definitely going to use it) :roll:
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Post: #279173 doofaloofa
Tue May 06, 2014 4:45 pm

Green Aura wrote:We've bought a cheap fish tank and are going to get our own back on the little buggers. (We've had the tank for over a year - this year we're definitely going to use it) :roll:


What? You're going to keep them as pets?

That'll show 'em

I have had limited success training frogs to eat slugs
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Post: #279176 MKG
Tue May 06, 2014 10:15 pm

doofaloofa wrote:
Green Aura wrote:We've bought a cheap fish tank and are going to get our own back on the little buggers. (We've had the tank for over a year - this year we're definitely going to use it) :roll:


What? You're going to keep them as pets?

That'll show 'em

I have had limited success training frogs to eat slugs


Training frogs with a shovel is a no-no. You have to be kind to them and gain their confidence and affection. THEN they eat your slugs.
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Post: #279177 Chaldeonmenthe
Tue May 06, 2014 10:41 pm

Earwig control measures required here. They are so plentiful, even the chooks and ducks are sick of eating them! How does one train their frogs to eat earwigs then? Reverse psychology?

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Post: #279180 MKG
Wed May 07, 2014 1:45 am

Earwigs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIRYR6FoNMY

Already on the innate frog menu.
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Post: #279181 Chaldeonmenthe
Wed May 07, 2014 7:08 am

Why is it that all the resident animals here never do what they are supposed to? I have seen our frogs with earwigs practically crawling over their feet, not even looking at them. :angryfire: Maybe someone just forgot to tell them. I'll get right onto that.

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Post: #279193 doofaloofa
Wed May 07, 2014 6:00 pm

What about millipedes?

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Re: Slug patrol...lets do it!

Post: #279206 MKG
Thu May 08, 2014 9:19 pm

The general rule with frogs is that if it will fit into their mouths, it's food - as long as it moves. If anything can stay still for long enough, the frogs see nothing.

Next time you're ambushed by a giant frog, then, you know what to do :iconbiggrin:

EDIT: Oh - just one, but getting very absent-minded about passwords. Well, I say just one. On a full moon, anything can happen.
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