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Post  middlemamma on 7/14/2010, 12:34 am

Ok new to the north west...I have seen few slugs and snails in my adult life, but the ones I have seen are long, anywhere from 2 inches to 5 inches and they are like a snail without a shell?? They leave a trail like a snail right??

Ok so...Im in my garden and I have found three things that LOOK like a slug, but they are light in color(like fleshy color) more like a worm than a slug, they are shaped like a slug, that tear droppy kinda shape...and they are MICROSCOPIC in terms of slug size, what I would deem NORMAL. They are like less than a 1/2 inch long....I have seen ZERO evididence, no trails etc...just these little Micro-snails. Are they babies? Something else? I do have sunflowers whose bottom leaves are turning yellow and dying...but no major damage going on anywhere in the garden...what the heck are these things?

I will try the beer/mayo lid tomorrow after I go buy beer...hubby is irritated I will run for beer for the garden and not him...LMAO!!!

But I guess I am just not sure they are slugs??? Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/14/2010, 7:45 am

I don't know if they are babies or a different kind, but they are the only kind I find around here and only during a long cool rainy spell. They do the same kind of damage as the bigger ones -- just not as drastic.
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Post  cansaskgard on 7/14/2010, 9:27 am

I have only seen the flesh colored ones around here and they range in size from a tiny water droplet to just over an inch but mostly under one inch. These are what I am battling right now with all our wet weather and flooding.
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Post  junequilt on 7/14/2010, 5:33 pm

Where are these micro-meanies? Are they on all your plants or only some of them? I ask because I have been finding similar creatures on my tomatillos. I pick the leaves and put them in soapy water. I don't think they're slugs, more likely the larvae of Colorado potato beetles.
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Post  middlemamma on 7/15/2010, 2:20 am

I have found 3. One was on my garlic. One was at the base of my largest sunflower stalk, near the dirt...I thought it was a worm poking up out of the ground until I touched it. And the third i found on the outside of my boxup under the lip of the box, not near a plant at all.

What do you think junequilt?
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Post  LaFee on 7/15/2010, 4:24 am

I had a few of the tiny grey ones - the saucer of beer seemed to make quick work of them.

Happily, I haven't had any more big red slugs since I threw the last one over the fence (into the vacant lot next door)
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Post  ayanefan on 7/15/2010, 8:35 am

Yes, the micro ones are usually baby slugs, here they are kinda greyish in color, 4mm in length and sometimes you will find 2 or 3 on the same stalk almost lined up. SMUSH THEM!! SMUSH THEM! They will be the bane of your marigolds and basil.
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