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Post  shannon.d.mahaffey on Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:45 pm

Well, went to harvest some lettuce today and found slugs, go rid of all that I could find, cleaned up some dying lettuce leaves, what do i need to do to make sure they dont come back? I looked on everything else and didnt see anymore. Any thoughts or suggestions?:scratch:
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Post  camprn on Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:56 pm

A flat saucer of beer is a good trap. Or you can lay a small board on the surface of the Mel's mix, the slugs will go under there during the day to hide, makes easy pickins.

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Post  shendrix on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:16 pm

You can get some copper tape, sold in garden supply centers and departments and wrap it around the exterior of your SFG. Slugs can't cross that barrier. The copper tape gives them a small electrical charge... the copper reacts with the slug slime.



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Post  Daniel9999 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:29 pm

I am trying to post an reply...but my cat Fluffykins is chasing the darn trowel cursor!

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Post  camprn on Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:30 pm

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@Daniel9999 wrote:I am trying to post an reply...but my cat Fluffykins is chasing the darn trowel cursor!

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Post  camprn on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:19 am

@shendrix wrote:You can get some copper tape, sold in garden supply centers and departments and wrap it around the exterior of your SFG. Slugs can't cross that barrier. The copper tape gives them a small electrical charge... the copper reacts with the slug slime.
This is a myth.
Here are a few previous threads.

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t7833-slugs

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t6375-got-slugs

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t2045-slugs-grubs

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t11449-slug-eggs

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t7415-slugs-and-sluggo

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Post  Turan on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:00 pm

Camprn, Beyond the realm of this forum there have been many studies done that do show that copper tape can work well. shendrix seems to be saying it is working in his garden. That there are obviously variable involved that we don't know is granted, as your picture shows. One study I read (I think it was UCDAvis) suggested the copper needs to be inches wide and best when there is a flange as well. I remember seeing in the orange groves in California piles of snails (no slugs there) below the copper tape on the citrus trees. So is this because of a difference between east and west coast conditions?
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Post  camprn on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:12 pm

Would you please post links to study results, I sure would like to read them.
I really like the velcro idea.

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Post  Turan on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:25 pm

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7427.html
http://eap.mcgill.ca/MagRack/JPR/JPR_29.htm
http://basiccopper.com/copper-foil-slug-snail-barrier.html

I can not find the really good now. It showed the results from tests with various widths of copper tape etc. But Google today is not helping.

I think 3" and turned edge seem to be important but in UK they are using copper mesh and copper impregnated fibers with success. But I can't find it now. argh
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Post  Turan on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:30 pm

There is lots of studies on copper control of freshwater snails. Both for aquatic culture and intermediary host control of parasites in Africa.
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Post  zomo on Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:12 pm

here is my problem: where there is beer there are dogs drinking beer Slugs 3170584802 So copper wire doesn't work ? I guess I could try the velcro or board over garden. Kinda yucky to pick those things up Ewwwww tongue
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Post  dsmdeb on Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:08 pm

Kind of gross, but I found if you sprinkle a bit of salt on slugs, they dissolve into a pool of slime.

There may be some way to use a salt barrier if the beer doesn't work...
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Post  subsonic on Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:55 am

copper wire and beer have always been my cure
one year I bought predatory snails and it worked well until they had eaten all the slugs, then they died and the slugs came back
so the answer, well i it was easy it would be no fun, Rolling Eyes
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Post  CapeCoddess on Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:23 pm

gg, I'm not positive about this, but since I've found slugs down in the MM, I'm thinking they dig almost like worms and could come up from the bottom?

Can anyone advise us on this?

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Post  camprn on Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:34 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug


It is not advised to add salt to the garden to combat slugs as the increased sodium will harm plants.

The slug trap I use is if and when I see slug damage I water the garden then place a short plank on the ground between the plants. The next day I will check during the late morning and the underside of the wood plank usually has numerous slugs hiding under there. Beer traps, shallow cans or plates set in the garden with beer attracts and will usually drown slugs.

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Post  GWN on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:01 pm


ONE GREAT solution for slugs...... go NORTH .... lots o slugs do not like the cold
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Post  yolos on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:20 pm

Or go south. I have never seen a slug here in Georgia.
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Post  akhitk on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:19 pm

I live in zone 3 (about 45 miles North of Anchorage) & it seems as though our 5 acres is a metropolis of slugs!! Razz
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Post  GWN on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:34 pm

You know I grew up in the middle of British Columbia zone 3 and I had never seen a slug until I moved to Oregon.
I still remember a night when we first moved down there, after making a romantic dinner complete with candles etc, and my DH being one of those types who goes out to get one thing and gets distracted and moves onto something else......
Well there I was sitting there with dinner wondering WHERE my DH was and there he was out there looking for slugs. sawing logs sawing logs
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Post  spinwind on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:37 pm

I hate slugs. I hate slugs. I HATE SLUGS!

That said, I planted flowers in the middle of a sluggy haven here, and I knew it. So I started the great slug war of 2012.

My slug war consisted of a multi faceted attack. First, I planted slug candy (petunias), and then, at 6 foot intervals I placed bowls of beer. At dusk, I would go out armed with a plastic spoon, and a plastic bag with salt granules in it, and actively slug hunt the suckers. They were easy to find, racing toward my petunias and beer afterall. I'd hunt for 20 minutes on most nights, any that I found were tossed into the plastic bag with the spoon. At the end of the hunt, I'd seal it up, drop it into my garbage and be on my way. Any latecomers typically zipped over to the beer, and sealed their fate.

My best night hunt: 142 slugs. My best beer record: 64. Once your plants are older, you don't have as many problems with the guys. I even had petunias thriving after a few weeks of consistent slug hunting.

We also have snails. Snails pop by the way when you salt them. Weird.

This year, I am planning the hunt again, and also adding a slug killing army - ducks. I hear they are awesome at slug slaughter. They're coming in April hopefully.

Mulch is a slug's best friend. They don't like sand or gritty surfaces.
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Post  akhitk on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:47 pm

We moved to this property just about 5 years ago. The old place was just 4 miles South of here & just slightly lower elevation but there were no slugs. I did hear that you could use copper to surround your garden - apparently slugs won't cross copper. Does anyone have experience with this?? I stopped planting lettuce because the slugs feast on the leaves. Every leaf you pull on has a slug - ewwwwe - slimy buggers!

Should have read page 1 first. Saw a video here on a slug crawling across the copper tape - go figure! There's some good links to other posts on slugs. Beer does good but seems I need a moat of it around my garden. I do know our ground is really wet & heavy with clay so I had to bring in lots of good soil. Does anyone have problems with slugs under hoop covers to control the water saturation? I did not plant in it last year so I hope I won't have problems with slugs this year.


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Post  Pollinator on Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:16 am

@yolos wrote:Or go south. I have never seen a slug here in Georgia.

There are plenty here in South Carolina - if it's a wet year. In dry years you see very few.
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Post  FamilyGardening on Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:45 am

I heard that slugs wont crawl across saw dust....if we can find some we are going to give it a try....hubby is also going to take either plastic bottles or soda can's and cut them so they have sharp and pokie edges and place them around the seedlings and see if it will keep the slugs away.....

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Post  NHGardener on Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:39 am

Last summer I gave up the War on Slugs after trying beer (which was fairly expensive) and going out with a flashlight (worked but who wants to do that every night) and realizing I was just infested with them. So like spinwind ^ , I decided I needed an army and ordered some ducks which should be here in May. They're supposed to be prolific slug eaters. May as well give a nice home to some hungry ducks and get rid of my slugs at the same time. We'll see how effective it is.

I did hear that coffee grounds in a ring around the plants helps, as slugs don't like to crawl on anything sharp-ish. In the same way, crushed eggshell helps. That benefits the soil as well.

Slugs do have positive attributes, they help the soil kind of like earthworms. We need slugs. Just not competing for our food.
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