Cantaloupes and Slugs - Knowledgebase Question

Howell, NJ
Question by shadoe10
August 5, 2000
my cantaloupes are growing great now as they ripen the slugs are eating in to them from the bottom. What can I do to prevent this as I split them apart and they taste delicious

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2000


Sometimes placing a board or a roof shingle or similar material or even several inches of clean dry straw beneath each melon will help; if the melons are ripe, picking them is the best defense. You could also consier growing them on a trellis next time if slugs are a serious problem in your garden. Slugs can also be controlled by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the soil surface, by hand picking them at night when they are active, and by trapping with stale beer.

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