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Jun 9, 2019 1:53 PM CST
Name: K M
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I am sharing its photos I took just an hour ago. I have few of these in my garden. Each one is around 2-3 inches long and 1 inch wide. It moves really slow and I normally witness it during the night in wet/humid places of the garden. They hide during the day. Can you please tell me details about it and if it is safe for my garden?
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Jun 9, 2019 1:59 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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It's a type of garden slug. They eat organic material and some plant leaves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Jun 9, 2019 5:09 PM CST
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It looks like those things from Night of the Creeps. Don't let them get in your brain!
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Jun 10, 2019 6:30 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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It is the "Creature From the Green Lagoon"!
Nah.
Just a garden slug. However one that size, having both sexes inside of one animal can produce baby slugs at an alarming rate. Where there is one, there are bound to be more. It is not like they can crawl for miles. A control program needs to start quickly!
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Jun 11, 2019 3:02 PM CST
Name: Sue
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BigBill said:It is the "Creature From the Green Lagoon"!
Nah.
Just a garden slug. However one that size, having both sexes inside of one animal can produce baby slugs at an alarming rate. Where there is one, there are bound to be more. It is not like they can crawl for miles. A control program needs to start quickly!



I agree
I agree @BigBill I would definitely want to control.

A link to some organic control: (I tried to post a link, but as a new member, I'm not allowed)l Many gardeners talk about using a shallow bowl of beer but there are other natural methods as well. (I haven't had a problem with slugs since I've moved to Texas but in California I sometimes used Corry's.) I do see different species of snails than I did in California. I just use a little salt. Not much so I don't upset the soil.

You didn't say what you have planted in your garden, but As @plantladylin's link says, "slugs can feed on a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including flowers such as petunias, chrysanthemums, daisies, lobelia, lilies, daffodils, narcissus, gentians, primroses, tuberous begonias, hollyhocks, irises, and fruits such as strawberries.[16] They also feed on carrots, peas, apples, and cabbage that are offered as a sole food source.[14]"

Hope this helps.
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Jun 11, 2019 3:36 PM CST
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I was just looking at the top thumb nail pics and wondering how a stick insect can look like a slug Hilarious!
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Jun 11, 2019 3:38 PM CST
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I thought the same until I enlarged the photo. Hilarious!
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Jun 11, 2019 3:38 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I use Slug-get-a which is a pelleted bait or any one of a number of products that are similar.
I sprinkle it on the ground, water it slightly and that first night kills most of the offending "slimy devils"!! I rarely find larger slugs dead. I think that they eat the bait and have the strength to crawl off and die. But it is in the tiny slugs where the death rate is profound. I have found dozens and dozens of them dead the next morning. I continue to find others over subsequent days.
You can try other home remedies if you like, human hair, salt, beer among others but when my garden is under attack, I want swift results.
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Jun 12, 2019 12:48 AM CST
Name: K M
Lahore
Thank you for helping me in recognizing these, fellows.


@BigBill

I doubt if we would have a slug control plan available here. Could you please suggest me any home remedy?

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How do you use salt? Just pour a pinch over its head?
I have mint, Okra, round gourd, bitter gourd plants where these slugs are found the most. Specially in the mint section.
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Jun 12, 2019 3:28 AM CST
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Pour slat lightly over while slug
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Jun 12, 2019 3:31 AM CST
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Pour salt lightly over whole slug.
You can also spread human hair on the ground in a ring around the plants. They can't crawl through it because they would start to exude slime and literally slime themselves to death.
Barbershops and hair salons might give you all that you need.
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Jun 12, 2019 5:51 AM CST
Name: Sue
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Yes, I just pour a little salt over the whole slug or snail.

@kmehmood thank you for the acorn! I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 13, 2019 1:13 AM CST
Name: K M
Lahore
BigBill said:Pour salt lightly over whole slug.
You can also spread human hair on the ground in a ring around the plants. They can't crawl through it because they would start to exude slime and literally slime themselves to death.
Barbershops and hair salons might give you all that you need.


Sure, I will give it a try. Thank you. Smiling
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