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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - slugs

 

slugs

Actual size: 1/8” – 5”

Slugs feed at night and prefer moist plant material. They eat many types of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Some of their favorites are strawberries, lettuce, spinach, carrot tops, dahlias and marigolds

Prevention
Clean - Remove garden debris, boards, bricks and tall grass where slugs may hide during the day.

Least-toxic chemical control
Ammonia - Spray them with a mixture of one part ammonia in three parts water.
Barriers - Other barriers, applied as a ring around the base of plants or around the entire garden, include wood ashes, sharp sand, crumbled egg or oyster shells, and diatomaceous earth.  Diatomaceous earth is made from ground up fossils.  It comes in a powder form and is very abrasive to the skin and body joints of insects. Do not inhale the dust.  These may be effective only under dry conditions.
Beer - A container of beer, buried part way so that the rim is slightly above ground level, attracts and drowns slugs.
Copper- Recent research suggests that sheet copper buried in the soil to create a fence several inches high is very effective barrier.
Search and Destroy - Do a “search and destroy” mission at night by patrolling your yard with a flashlight and killing the slugs you find (you can cut them in two with scissors).
Soapy Water - Drop them into a bucket of soapy water.
Traps - There are also several slug traps available at garden centers that attract slugs into them and then prevent them from getting out. You can also make one by simply turning over a wet clay pot in a shady area of the garden. Create a gap for them to crawl through by resting the edge of the pot on a twig or on some irregularity in the ground. The slugs will collect under the pot during the warmest part of the day. Check for slugs and destroy them.

 

 

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