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Jun 21, 2015 5:22 AM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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Sheesh, are things ever going to get easier?
Now that I have my drainage problems under control, the pests have started! Thumbs down

While adding grit to a few container semps, I noticed the earwigs scramble out from under the plant when I added the grit. Absolutely despise those insects!

Pill bugs living deeper in the roots. Noticed them while repoting a semp. There were even little, tiny baby pill bugs! Ewwwww!

And, the slugs have developed a real fondness for my heuffs. Hey, I know my slugs don't compare with the slugs I saw in Seattle, but they do a lot of damage! Crying

What can I apply that will destroy the pests without damaging my semps?

I'm not trying to spend a lot of cash, but I'll do whatever is necessary to save my plants!
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Jun 21, 2015 6:59 AM CST
Ireland . (Zone 9a)
Yep I'm having the same problems Terri , I go out at night to pick off the slugs and hunt for vine weevils . https://youtu.be/s-vBAeM7b_M . According to what I'm hearing beer traps are the way forward ....hic !
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Jun 22, 2015 2:06 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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I tried the beer traps, it did not work for me. I finally got the Sluggo Slug/Snail Bait, the one that is safe around children and pets. That did the trick. There is a routine on proper use of the bait, it's all about timing. But anytime is a good time to get rid of them.
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Jul 3, 2015 4:27 AM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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I ended up using diatamatious (sp?) earth. Great stuff!
I sprinkled it around the base of the pots, in the area of concern.
Haven't seen anything since.

I did get some insectacidal soap in case. Hopefully I won't need it.
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Jul 3, 2015 9:28 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Good to hear that works Terri.
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Jul 3, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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Now, if I could just keep the Japaneese beetles off of my raspberries and cherry trees! Glare
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Jul 3, 2015 12:30 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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I know nothing about Japanese Beetles. I don't even know what they look like.
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Jul 5, 2015 4:45 AM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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Oh Lynn, they are small and hungry.
Horrible little creatures!



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Jul 5, 2015 8:58 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Nope, I have not seen them here. Hurray!
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Jul 6, 2015 6:26 AM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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I know ther're a problem along the E. coast. When we lived in Ocean City, Nj, we would hand pick them from our plants by the hundreds.
Here in the boonies of WV, were catching them in traps and hand picking by the thousands!
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Jul 6, 2015 10:12 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Oh no. That is terrible. Kind of like our slug problem.
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Jul 6, 2015 7:52 PM CST
Name: Terri Stanley
Doddridge Co. WV (Zone 6a)
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Yeah, I've seen those slugs you PNW folks have, I was shocked when I saw the size! Yikes!
These little monsters turn an XL Canna leaf into lace in a very short time.
I'm so glad they don't like semps!
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Jul 6, 2015 8:43 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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At least our slugs are relatively easy to control.
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Sep 10, 2015 5:21 AM CST
Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
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Slug solution?? Strong coffee diluted half & half with water. Spray everywhere (plant and soil). As the slugs travel over it they take up the caffeine through their pseudopod. It gives them heart attacks within 72 hours and will kill plus or minus 80% with the first application. Thanks to the University of a for this miracle solution to a huge gardening problem.
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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Sep 10, 2015 8:40 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Hi Kate, so good to see you. And love your slug solutions. Which university was it that gave that information?
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Sep 10, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
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U of Hawaii. I've no idea why that didn't show up in the post - I swear I typed it in.
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

life without music would be a mistake Nietzsche
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Sep 10, 2015 9:36 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Have you used this method?
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Sep 11, 2015 5:58 PM CST
Name: Judith
Northern Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Thanks, Terri, for the tip on Diatomatious Earth. I'd forgotten about that trick. So glad it worked!
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Sep 11, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
www.LabourofLoveLandscaping.com
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Sempervivums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant and/or Seed Trader Tropicals
Yes, I use coffee for slugs and snails all season long - as needed. DE works, but I think the heart attack is more humane than slicing them to ribbons - which is what the DE does. Smiling
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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