Oh it works. My problem this year was the rain. I put out bowls of beer, it rained and diluted the beer. Also the rain seemed to make the slug population explode. I lightly used sluggo and they are not all gone, but my plants don't look like swiss cheese anymore.gixxerific wrote:Havn't read your thread yet Cynthia but I will, as far as the beer I'm sure it works. I have thought about doing it myself we have slugs like crazy here, BIG ones too, like eating size if you were into that.
I never have set a trap I hear you just put something in the ground they can't get out of, I believe I have heard milk bottles work or even a soup can. Fill them up half way and the fall in and drown.
But just 2 days ago I had some beer cans I threw to side on my patio in the grass. I went to get them the next day and was emptying out the remnants so I can recycle them and what do ya' know 2 little baby slugs came out of one of them. The can only had the little leftover backwash in them and it still attracted them so there must be something to this wives tale.
I don't use chemicals/pesticides. This is the first time in more than 20 years that I did. I learned about sluggo here in this forum and that it was relatively safe. As far as we can tell.cynthia_h wrote:Detailed discussion about Sluggo at
Basically, Sluggo is 1% active ingredient, 99% UNDECLARED "inert" ingredients. Do you want to *know* what you're putting down next to your intended food plants? Think about it.
But you *must* read the anti-slug and anti-snail stories in these threads! It really fosters an understanding of what we're all up against, trying to eat some of the food WE have worked to grow! Despite intruders, thieves, and marauders--none of which walk on two legs. *Those* would require completely different approaches...
Please; you will crack up (I do every time) reading David's story about...the bucket.
Do you have a concrete patio or something to put them on while salting. Like said above you could cause way bigger problems with salt than than slugs could ever do.Tammy42 wrote:Rainbowgardener. letting you know my veggies are potted, I have put the salt on the ground- as in grass, so far so good today. went out this morning and found no slugs!!!! Tammy
I also had 3 or 4 per leaf. I have 9 pepper plants in my raised bed. While removing the slugs from each leaf of plants 2-9 I'd see them on plant 1 again. I couldn't keep up and they had all night to eat my plants.dan1003 wrote:I've had good success with Sluggo. My dog that eats everything has absolutely no interest in it, and he should be ok even if he did eat some of it. I wouldn't worry about the 99% "intert ingredients" I believe it is mostly binder (comes in pellet form) and bait. During a particularly wet spell in the spring, I had literally 10-12 slugs per square foot, and 3 or 4 per leaf. No problems any more.
I got it at a locally run hardware store (Pleasant's Hardware) here that is owned by ACE. If I recall it was about $20 but worth it considering how much time you save vs setting up traps, picking slugs off your leaves, etc. It'll last me a while too.
I just read the other slug/snail link and someone there posted a utube link about slugs. She is an organic gardener and at the end of her film it said sluggo (and a few others) was approved by the organic garden something or other.Tammy42 wrote:Thanks Diane on the advice for the slugo, think I will mosy down to a local gardening place tommorrow and see if I can't find some. I was at teo places today- Lowe's and Ace Haedware with no luck. I glad i am not the only problem with slug problems, so far so good tonight, only those two. I also did something, and hope it works, is I spread salt around the containers, because I know they don't like salt!!! So far so good!!! Have gone out there a couple of times nothing!!!! I know what you mean about slugs and eating leaves, making them look like swiss cheese!!! While I was staking the peas, I found leaves that looked like swiss cheese!! I don't want themtaking down my 5 foot pea plants!!!! Tammy