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Name: emily
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Redhorseeg
May 12, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Can anyone tell me a good way to kill slugs? Here in TN we have had so much rain they are out in droves....and they are munching on my lilies!! All of the slug bait I have seen says it will hurt daylilies and clematis....are there any certain products i can try that wont hurt my lilies??
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OldGardener
May 12, 2013 12:07 PM CST
I use sluggo - it contains iron phosphate and is safe for fruit, veges, etc. Any bait not consumed just fertilizes the garden (used in organic gardens).
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OldGardener
May 12, 2013 12:19 PM CST
oh - and it is safe to use around your pets and any other critters...
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tink3472
May 12, 2013 2:44 PM CST
The slug bait that says may harm daylilies has NEVER bothered any here. I believe I use the same product as Fred and he doesn't have any problems with it bothering the daylilies either.

I was thinking of using the sluggo, but I've read it can kill the earthworms; don't know if that has been proven or not or how much it takes to kill the earthworms.

You can spray ammonium or coffee and I've heard it's effective. Some on here have tried it so maybe they will chime in.
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OldGardener
May 12, 2013 3:01 PM CST
I haven't had any issue with dead earthworms but... I keep an organic garden and we are constantly adding composted horse manure with shavings. Nowadays, if you grab a shovelful of soil anywhere in the garden, you're guaranteed to come back up with earthworms. So maybe I haven't noticed just because of the sheer number of worms to begin with??

Since I do have a problem with earthworms in my potted plants, I may experiment by putting some Sluggo in them and see if that helps get rid of the worms...
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Name: emily
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Redhorseeg
May 12, 2013 3:03 PM CST
hey guys thanks for your replies...i may try the sluggo.....I have tried the stuff that says it will harm daylilies and it REALLY hurt mine...some lost fans and others didnt bloom for two years after...so for me that stuff is a no go...unfortunately i just ASSUMED when i bought it it wouldnt hurt them...boy i wish i had read the label BEFORE i bought it! *Blush*
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OldGardener
May 12, 2013 4:14 PM CST
I've been real happy with it (the sluggo). Thank you for the warning in regard to the other snail/slug bait!
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Name: Debra
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shive1
May 12, 2013 7:45 PM CST
I use Sluggo and continue to have plenty of earthworms.
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tink3472
May 12, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Good to know Debra
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spunky1
May 13, 2013 4:37 AM CST
I use the stuff that says its harmful to daylilies and have never had a problem, have plenty worms also.
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Betja
May 13, 2013 1:52 PM CST
I guess I'm more brutal -- I just lay out a line of Deadline around the plants or flower bed in the late afternoon and then watch the snail/slug bodies collect on that line or ring day after day. What I like about it is that rainfall or sprinklers don't diminish its effectiveness, plus it doesn't seem to bother my cats at all either. And it works! The charcoal gray to black line isn't all that attractive, but I can certainly live with it.

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hazeleyes
May 14, 2013 6:13 AM CST
I used ducks until they ate my tomatoes and hollyhocks down to nubs. Grumbling
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Name: Larry
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LarryW
May 17, 2013 6:48 PM CST
I have not tried this myself but have seen it in a number of other forums. You put a small amount of beer in a low lipped dish -maybe something like a jar lid - slugs and snails are attracted, possibly by the yeast, and will crawl in but cannot crawl back out. You have to dump out the container and its contents every day and refill for the next night, but it is definitely organic. You place as many of the little dishes around the garden as you need. You can use bigger dishes by digging it into the ground so the lip will be less than an inch above ground level.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
May 17, 2013 6:49 PM CST
I have tried that and it works for me.
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Newyorkrita
May 17, 2013 7:24 PM CST
I just use sluggo. I have so many slugs and snails here that I could never hope to get rid of them. I just try and keep the numbers down by using the sluggo any place the slugs become a problem.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
May 18, 2013 6:20 AM CST
I don't get too many slugs. I think the lack of rain for the last 2 years has kept their numbers down. I am sure if it were wetter here I would have tons of them.
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
May 24, 2013 10:40 AM CST
Where do you get Sluggo? Do you order it from the internet or can you get it from plant nurseries of the big box stores?
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OldGardener
May 24, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Just about everyone carries it. My last container came from either Home Depot or OSH.
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Name: Elizabete Rutens
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ElizabeteRutens
May 24, 2013 2:46 PM CST
I saw Sluggo in a local supermarket a day or two ago, just in passing. : ) (And thank you, all, for mentioning it! It's been another dry spring, so I didn't need it. But now I know what to buy that won't hurt my Kirby kitty. : ))
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OldGardener
May 24, 2013 3:26 PM CST
For me, the best part of Sluggo is not having to worry about poisoning something unintentionally.

OT -Your Kirby looks related to my Ed!
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