Any gardeners out there?

  1. Any suggestions on how to get rid of slugs? They are disgusting!!! They are in my flower beds and pots eating the leaves off of everything. The soil is damp all the time due to the Seattle climate, but someone has to have some suggestions!
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   kaycee
    Use empty tuna fish cans or any can that isn't very tall. Fill them with beer and place around your plants. Slugs are attracted to them and they crawl in and drown. There are also commercial pellets you can buy to place around plants but they are poisonous, so if you have pets or small kids the beer trick is a better idea.
    Also if you mulch your beds move it away from your plants so moisture can't collect there. Good luck.
  4. by   moonchild20002000
    I agree with the suggestion to use beer. I also "salt" slugs when I see them.A little salt just melts them!
  5. by   gvar
    Lilly Miller makes a flaked product that is considered "safe" and is really easy to use.
    I live on Oregon coast and it works great. I also keep a bottle of 1\2 water, 1\2 ammonia by my door step. It works much better than the salt (totally disolves them).
    the ammonia is also good for the soil.
  6. by   JJFROG
    I hate to waste a good beer!!!m but if it drowns the suckers it will be worth it!! Thanks for the suggestions.
  7. by   kewlnurse
    There stuff called Bugetta but it's toxic to the liver of humans and animals, works great though, there is also another product that is basicalll some sorrt of iron sulfate that isn't toxic to people or animals but i havn't tried it, can't find it locally, i think it's called es-car-go or somthing like that. personally when i'm in a killing mood i mix up a spray bottle of windex, bleech and salt and nuke um
  8. by   cargal
    I have read that diatomaceous earth, the kind used in swimming pool filters is effective. They crawl across it and thousands of little sharp "skeletons" slice those slugs! Same for crushed eggshells. Any luck with the beer? It's in the nineties here in Pa andwith no ac in the house, the only slug drinking my beer is me!
    Now, if anyone else out there knows what is going on with my rosebush, I'm a no fuss gardener, but I'm getting bugged.. first the leaves got eaten, but no apparent sign of anything, now the large buds look like something is eating them. Weather has been cool and rainy til now. And no sign of anything there. Did see a couple wormlike, or larva like critters that I flicked off. Any ideas gardeners?
  9. by   kewlnurse
    Try a mild dish soap h2o mix and mist it on wiht a spray bottle, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't