Sempervivum forum: Slug ugh?

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Name: Dana
Boulder, Colorado (Zone 5b)
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semperdurpum
Apr 24, 2019 5:29 PM CST
Potting up 40+ new semps from MCG (love them) and just found this little friend on one.
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Should I be worried? Should I isolate this semp and blast it with chems?




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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 24, 2019 6:21 PM CST
I'd just peel that one off and check all the ones you un-pot and see if there's any clinging onto them.
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Apr 24, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Kill! Kill!!

I just found some chewed leaves on one of my iris. Time to get out the Sluggo.
Name: Dana
Boulder, Colorado (Zone 5b)
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semperdurpum
Apr 24, 2019 7:56 PM CST
Just finished potting everyone up. Looked close at all the other roots and didn't find any more slugs or pests. I did notice some kind of springtail but that's no biggie.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 24, 2019 9:18 PM CST

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I agree, just squish it and watch for any other that might me hitch hiking. I use Slugo, the one that is child and pet safe. Works great.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 9:39 AM CST
I agree, just remove any snail or slugs you see and kill them. Fortunately we are too dry to have them.
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
May 6, 2019 11:06 AM CST
I have a friend who is a Buddhist - she does not believe in killing ANYTHING. Squashing them is not an option. Sad Shrug! She is also having a slug problem and I have been trying to help her get rid of them "humanely". I would have trouble holding firm in that area, watching my plants get destroyed, but she seems to be doing it, and has actually made some progress.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 11:08 AM CST
We used to have huge african snails in the Marshall Islands. I'd go out and gather them at night. I was advised to put them in the freezer and then toss them in the trash later. This humanely 'puts them to sleep'. That's still not going to satisfy your Buddist friend.
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
May 6, 2019 11:22 AM CST
Correct - she will not kill even a mosquito on her arm - she will actually let it finish feasting on her! So I had her put some dead leaves around her plant for the slugs to feast on (hope they are not so well fed they go home and make babies!) and suggested wood ash, which they hate (hope that does not make her soil too alkaline), and encouraged her to keep encouraging the birds - it's OK if the birds eat them, no problem. Not sure what else to suggest to her. Shrug!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 11:53 AM CST
That's about all you can do, in her case. I hope she can control them. Could she pick them off her plants, and put them elsewhere?
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
May 6, 2019 12:47 PM CST
I did also suggest that. Not sure if she did it or not.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 6, 2019 4:06 PM CST
Christie that's nice to hear that there is concern for doing no harm! I don't consider myself a Buddhist but I do have an alter with a Buddha statue in my living room and I do try to do as little harm as possible - last summer I heard an NPR show about mosquitoes learning - and that the best thing to do with them is shoo them away, I guess they learn to avoid people who are shooing them (who knew) and all this time the shooing seemed to pointless Shrug! Rolling on the floor laughing
However if there are thousands, well that's a lot of learning to do Whistling
I tip my hat to you.

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 6, 2019 4:34 PM CST
Hilarious!
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 5:55 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I guess I'll have to try that, Greg! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
May 7, 2019 6:32 AM CST
I do have to give her credit for sticking with it. I refrain from harming animals - even my pesky patio squirrel. And I am the one at the office to catch and release the spiders that coworkers want to squash. But I would never have thought that would apply to a slug - until she asked me about hers. I even looked it up - do slugs feel pain - and it turns out that they do. I never even considered that. So no more putting salt on slugs. Even slugs were put on this earth for a reason (I hope to feed the birds?? Rolling on the floor laughing )
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 7, 2019 9:25 AM CST
I used to give them a dish of beer so they could go happily.
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Name: Dana
Boulder, Colorado (Zone 5b)
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semperdurpum
May 19, 2019 9:47 AM CST
I know I'm in the right community when a conversation about pest control turns into a study of the confluence of Buddhism and entomology. I as well hate killing anything (refuse to even bring house spiders outside as that's likely not their habitat) but when it comes to protecting my semp babies I'll make exceptions. Does anyone know the specific taxi of slugs which goes after semps?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 19, 2019 2:41 PM CST

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All of them Dana, but they usually don't do a lot of damage. Just kind of mare the appearance of the rosettes.

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