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Postby kelly_m » May 13, 2008 10:39 pm

LOL!!!

I'll give the soya sauce thing a whirl...we sometimes have one or two or a thousand earwigs here too!

Of course that would be a new remedy for the earwigs, not an improvement on the slug rememdy! :shock: :lol:
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Postby Pansy » May 13, 2008 10:42 pm

dlb wrote:I'm afraid my method consists of buying an expensive beer, pouring half an inch into an empty cat food can, and then I drink the rest of the beer. Repeat for each trap.
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Postby dj_backq » May 13, 2008 10:55 pm

Iron phosphate is also suggested as an approved organic method if you have a huge problem. It's a natural element and has no effect on soil, plants or animals. It acts like a drug to them and they overdose or overeat!
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Postby Eeyore » May 14, 2008 12:13 am

Is Iron Phosphate easy to come by? I could use some of that.
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Postby dj_backq » May 14, 2008 7:03 am

My "organic guru" buys it in a organic garden specialty store in Quebec city.
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Postby Northpine » May 14, 2008 9:08 am

Safer's makes a pet and bird safe slug bait that I use. However it is rather expensive so my main control of slugs is the ammonia/water mix. If you use a slug bait, please make sure it is safe to pets and birds. Poisoned slugs can result in the death of the bird eating it.

I fill a whole pump type sprayer with ammonia and water and patrol around the yard in the morning killing slugs. I've learned where their hiding places are, like under rhubarb leaves etc. I see absolutely no damage to the leaves of the plants I spray it on.
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Postby anne in markham » May 14, 2008 1:40 pm

Hi Northpine, how often do you spray the mixture?

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Postby Northpine » May 14, 2008 5:17 pm

Hi Anne,
I use the spray mostly as a contact spray, meaning I aim it right at the slug to kill it. I've heard that it also helps to spray the surrounding soil, but I can't say for sure if that works.
So whenever the slugs are active and I have the energy I walk around on my mission of death, lol. I try to get at it early in the morning as often as I can.
Evenings are good, but we have very long daylight hours here, so morning is best for me. Also in the evening the mosquitoes are usually too aggressive .
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Re: Slug control

Postby butterfly » May 14, 2008 9:22 pm

anne in markham wrote:Have you ever heard of spraying a mixture of 1 part ammonia and 9 parts water on the soil around hostas? Do you know whether this mixture will harm the earth worms too?

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read the same as you Liz and tried them all

Egg shells didn't work for me

the ammonia and water mixture did work well for me and it does not hurt the hosta leaves In fact the leaves like it. But make sure you spray the ground around the plants and the leaves and must be repeated after each rain

This was John V's remedy

Beer works best for me as I pointed out in a post on this thread
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Postby Eeyore » May 15, 2008 10:09 am

Checked the label on Safers'. It is Ferric Phosphate which should be synonymous with Iron Phosphate.
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