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Monki magic



Joined: 21 Jun 2010
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Location: Stockport
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Give everything a good soak early evening. Then go out about 1hour or so after as it gets dark (take a torch). You should be able to find them from the sound of them eating.

Andrea



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to religiously place an upside jam jar over every seedling, only to find slugs INSIDE the jars in the morning.

I know moving to Portugal is a drastic solution, but I've only seen about 3 slugs in the whole time I've been out here

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Monki magic wrote:
You should be able to find them from the sound of them eating.

Finding them isn't the problem: I'm not here all the time, and the allotment is another matter again... At least there are a couple of resident frogs there.

Have just come back from the supermarket where they had alluminium sulphate reduced... doesn't look too nasty to all of us that aren't molluscs, so I'm going to give that a go...

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The darn things were having an orgy on our lawn yesterday. About twenty big orange ones each paired up with a smaller browner one and going for it!

Paul Sill



Joined: 16 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

These nematodes are ment to do a good job, get a pest with a parasite!
urled by the link fairy

edit : thanks link fairy!

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Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
When it comes to eating my plants, its personal!

I use one of the organic slug killer its quite effective and economical too as you sprinkle them quite thinly over the ground. It states quite clearly on the container that its safe for pets and wildlife.
Amazon
sell it too:

That price is extortionate.
Mole valley farmers have 750g for just under a fiver.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 11 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
OtleyLad wrote:
Amazon[/url] sell it too:

That price is extortionate.
Mole valley farmers have 750g for just under a fiver.

Then I might just drop in and get some.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 12 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Paul Sill wrote:
These nematodes are ment to do a good job, get a pest with a parasite!
urled by the link fairy


How hard is it to breed these things do you think?
Seems silly to have to keep buying it if you can just breed them instead.

Beetles have also occurred to me. Not sure which species eat slugs, nor how to encourage them in.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 12 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

todes help but it also needs perimiter control to prevent travellers

Claire70



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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 12 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A word of warning on the nematodes: they are not cheap, and the ground needs to be more or less constantly moist (or moist enough) for a week or so after you put them down. I had two years where I bought them in April only for there to be an early hot spell right after I'd applied the nematodes, so they were a complete, and expensive, waste of time. Especially as I then had a sandy garden so even going out and watering three times a day didn't help.

It's maybe fine if you have a fancy-pants sprinkler system or superhuman weather-prediction skills....

As for the beer traps: they catch some of my slugs but can anyone tell me why the snails don't go near them?? Are snails just teetotal or what?

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 12 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for the tip. I think a cunning plan needs to be hatched.

Woodburner



Joined: 28 Apr 2006
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 12 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
The darn things were having an orgy on our lawn yesterday. About twenty big orange ones each paired up with a smaller browner one and going for it!


Are you sure they weren't eating it?

eta slightly misread your post, the big ones almost certainly were eating the brown ones though.

Kathryn



Joined: 21 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 12 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It won't kill them but a good line of wood ash laid around the plants you want to protect works on our slugs....you might have different varieties in the UK.?.

You do have to put new ashes down each time it rains....we keep a 4 to 6 inch mound on the perimeter of our largest veg plot....works wonders.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Woodburner wrote:
Jamanda wrote:
The darn things were having an orgy on our lawn yesterday. About twenty big orange ones each paired up with a smaller browner one and going for it!


Are you sure they weren't eating it?

eta slightly misread your post, the big ones almost certainly were eating the brown ones though.


Gosh really? Are they carnivorous?

Anyway - these nematodes. Is it too late to apply them now? My plants are being mullahed. I was hoping the toads and slow-worms would sort them out but they are slacking!

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Anyway - these nematodes. Is it too late to apply them now?

I'd guess it is perfect conditions for them. I believe they like it fairly wet.

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