Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails….

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I have spent a sunny afternoon pottering in the garden, which was such a welcome change since the rain seems to have been constant for nearly six weeks.

My initial observation was that it is amazing how quickly the soil dries out, when it hasn’t rained for 48 hours.  I was busy in my fruit cage, tugging at weeds and tying up the creeping raspberry canes, and to my horror there seem to be an abundance of slugs and snails happily munching away at all the lush greenery.  As well as ground elder, these little critters are one of my most despised enemies in the garden.  I have tried many methods to eradicate them including crushing up baked egg shells, and depositing around my plants, spent ground fresh coffee, sharp shingle, slug pellets and my husbands favorite, a pair of scissors!  I prefer not to use slug pellets as they are not terribly environmentally friendly nor organic, and cutting a slug in half with a pair of scissors is a job for the boys in my opinion!

I have a feeling that Summer 2012 will be the year of the Slug and Snail, as well as the Olympics in England and the Queens Diamond Jubilee.  Would love to hear what method you have found successful in eradicating slugs and snails.


How do you deal with unwanted Slugs and Snails?


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20th Aug 2012
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Thanks Doreen ... will go to my local pub and ask for some beer dregs and give it a try! ...
Doreen Cadman
15th Aug 2012
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I too have been over-run with slugs and as I often have hedgehogs in my garden refuse to use "slug pellets".
I have managed to find a supply of "Beer Dregs" from a bar. I have been killing about 30/40 most night so must be winning the battle?
And the myth that Hedgehogs eat slugs I do not believe, as I have seen them walk over them without a 2nd look.
16th Aug 2012
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Hi Doreen, That's interesting about the hedgehogs!! How do you use the beer dregs?? What container do you put them in and where abouts do you put it. I recently bought some beautiful lupins from Highgrove and within 24 hours the slugs had found them!! Grrrrr! ... Silverhairs
Doreen Cadman
20th Aug 2012
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I use any shallow (1in or more) dish. If it is deeper I move a little soil to drop it down to slug hight. Sometimes if rain is expected I support a seed tray or something over to keep rain out. They seem attracted to it and drink it, fall in and drown.
I place it where ever I know they are.
I have been doing it for a few weeks and am still finding 10/20 dead most mornings. I do keep moving them about, I often have more than one trap depending on my supply of "Beer dregs".
Good luck.
24th Jun 2012
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Hi keith ... I am guessing your larder must be close to you back door and that is how the little critters are sneaking in!? Not nice!

Did you know that slugs and snails are harmful if ingested by dogs and cats? I have just published a feature on this ... take a look in the Garden section.

Thanks for your comment,

23rd Jun 2012
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Not sure if it works but got some slug killer and had to put it in the larder. The slugs have been after the cornflakes ! As you say, this is the year for the slug and snail. But some people might be pleased to have them supplement their diet. Yuk!

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