Eliminate Slugs and Snails

By Rhapsody616
November 12, 2015

This cheap, easy, and very effective solution will keep your slugs and snails at bay.

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Nov 14, 2015 6:38 AM CST
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Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
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Firstly, your mixture is too strong to spray directly on plants. It will burn the leaves of Hosta and other plants. Secondly, if you are suggesting using this as a soil drench, you will essentially kill all macro and micro organisms in that area, not just slugs. Lastly, while a 10% ammonia and water solution will kill slugs on contact, there is no residual effect. The soap is useless because the ammonia will evaporate from the leaves and there will be no effect on slugs that aren't directly sprayed.
Nov 14, 2015 6:54 AM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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I agree with Steve. Ammonia does a good job at eliminating (or reducing) slugs, your solution is far too strong. 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water does a fine job.

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Dec 12, 2015 8:53 PM CST

of course, you can always go back to hand picking at night with a headlamp! Now that is a safe and for sure thing and works every time!
Feb 15, 2016 1:43 AM CST
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
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Well this formula is working fine for me. Haven't lost a plant yet. Do as you will.
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