Hostas forum: what to use to kill slugs

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 10:23 AM CST
I bought some grains at lowes that are made of sulphur. Claims it is safe for pets and wildlife so that is why I chose it. There was another kind there but had a different ingredient in it, started with an "M" I think ?
Will the stuff I bought work? We have a horrible infestation of slugs and all the rain we've had has really boosted them. No, sadly, I guess they don't drown Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
May 31, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Are your beds clean?
Dead leaves and mulch creates a home for slugs.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 10:52 AM CST
They are mulched with cedar. I just mulched them last fall. Other than that, clean. I pick up any dead leaves. This property sat empty for several years before we bought it and the yard was uncared for for a very long time. So we have an abundance of critters. I don't like to use chemicals if it isn't really needed. Trying to find a way to kill the slugs that won't harm my earthworms.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
May 31, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Try removing the mulch at least one foot away from the base on the plants.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2015 11:47 AM CST
Pulling the mulch back may help with the slugs, I don't know, what I do know is that bare soil invites weeds. So I try to keep my soil mulch as much as possilble. Any bare spot in my garden is almost immediately infested with weeds, I try to keep everything mulched. I am still using diluted ammonia to spray my hostas and daylilies with, they are not 100 per cent slug and snail free, but compared to last year I am way ahead and we have had lots of rain this year so far. I still feel slug and snail bait attracts the very things your are trying to repel, its like attracting deer to your yard and then trying to use a spray to repel them (that is just my personal opinion).
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 12:04 PM CST
so does sulfur attract slugs or just kill ones that are already there?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2015 12:56 PM CST
From what I can read, and check the package your bought, the sulphur (sulfur) based pellets are about 1per cent sulfur and that leaves 99 percent other. The best I can tell there are attractants in that other 99 per cent. But it does seem to vary by product.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 1:19 PM CST
http://www.lowes.com/pd_55005-446-0474510___?productId=50256...

This is what I bought

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 1:20 PM CST
What I am seeing mostly are tiny slugs about 1/3 of an inch or so. Maybe some even smaller.
So the amonia, will it kill earthworms?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2015 1:35 PM CST
Being the solution is a contact type of spray, it will be very unlikely than many if any earthworms would be affected by it. It does kill the slugs and snails on contact (they melt away) and (I think it acts as a deterrent and not an attractant). I have lots of earthworms and I have never noticed any dead ones after spraying.
I would certainly try the product you bought and see how it works, all the reviews I read on it seemed positive.
Then post back what you think of it.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 31, 2015 1:42 PM CST
Ok,
also I was just out there and noticed that I have a billion kajillion rolly polly bugs. I have always thought of those as harmless, are they?
I don't see them ON the plants, just all around them on the ground area.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2015 1:46 PM CST
I have always thought of them as bugs that ate decaying matter, but I have suspicions that some of the damage I see that looks like snail or slug damage is actually from "roly poly" pill bugs. I really don't know!
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 31, 2015 1:52 PM CST
the 1/3 inch long slugs are the "newborns". just hatched this spring. we have an overabundance of them here in Seattle this year as well, TO SAY THE LEAST! due to our record warm winter/spring. oddly, we have found the babies are responsible for the majority of the damage to our hostas, rather than the larger ones. we've tried everything from dry coffee grounds to chemical powders, from copper tape and wire to flame throwers. they seem to be backing off now that some dry, warmer weather is here. but I know as soon as the next batch of rain hits, they'll be back in droves...
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
May 31, 2015 2:04 PM CST
Frillylily
I don't know if you thought the product you bought would kill the pill bugs, but it is the Bug-getta plus, that kills snails and slugs and "other things". The product you bought should not harm the pill bugs.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
May 31, 2015 4:56 PM CST
well I didn't want to harm them. Until I just realized today there are SO many of them. That made me wonder if they really are harmless or if they are harming my plants. The new growth, is what is most affected.

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