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Old 03-11-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I have just spent the last half-hour watching the slugs that have been eating my flowers commit suicide with alchohol.

To be further sadistic, I set up a barrier of salt inbetween the ground and the ledge of the bed. If the slug made it past the beer, it didnt make it past the salt.

Any of ya'll do this kind of thing to repel flower-chomping critters? What are your "tricks"? Or am I simply a slimy slug-slaughtering murderer?
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Ha Ha !! How terrible of you to torture those poor sweet litte creatures (). I saw one teetering on a blade of grass - the grass woud sway under the weight of the slug and then slowly lower it into the beer. That's what they get for being such a lush!!!!
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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Ugh. Slugs are just so yukky and slimy. I think there is something you can buy at a garden store to get rid of them. But from what I understand the beer and/or salt works just as well and a lot cheaper.

I've used both the beer and salt, mainly the salt though. A few years ago, I would walk thru the yard with my box of salt, salting the slugs--turning them into slime. Did you know a few of them managed to peel a slime layer off of themselves, like a layer of skin, in an effort to survive. I just re-salted them.

My most effective slug salting technique was to locate their slug hole, where they would come up from every night, almost like a nest. One night I located it, salted the slug coming out, which promptly died in the hole. After that no more slugs, at least for the last few years.

I know this all sounds cruel, but we're talking about these nasty, destructive slugs.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I use beer too (always the cheap stuff, LOL) and diatomaceous earth around the bases of plants.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Eastern Maine
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I'll send down some snow.... plenty to share
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I did not have luck with beer traps ... I use ammonia in a spray bottle.
it's a 10 : 1 ratio

it's worked well for me so far.

when i got out [soon] and do my spring clean up, I may use a 20:1 ratio and 'water' my hostas ... that should kill any eggs in the soil.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Never heard of ammonia for slugs. That's 10 parts water, right?
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Escar-Go (http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=2967&bhcd2=1236874454 - broken link) works for me.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: southern california
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beware such activities can result in slug PTSD. i wake up sweating thinking of the dozens i slaughered on my bicycle in seattle--- giant banana slugs crossing the sidewalk in herds.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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This post reminds me of my childhood glory days of salting slugs and snails! Oh what fun to see them foam and contort themselves! Incidentally, I caught a slug on my precious (frozen and broken) hyacinths, the loves of my life. Not wanting to relive the torture days of my childhood ), I just flicked it off the leaves. Boy Mr. Slug has another thing coming tonight if I ever catch him back there again!
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