Daylilies forum: Slug and Snail Bait Suggestions

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Name: Fred Manning
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spunky1
Mar 26, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Do any of you know of a Bait that last longer than 2-3 weeks when applied.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 26, 2016 7:14 AM CST
Fred - I don't use baits, but .... I am thinking of trying coffee grounds and crushed egg shells. Have you ever tried either of those? Seems both would last for quite some time.
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Betja
Mar 26, 2016 8:58 AM CST
Have you tried Deadline? You can encircle plants with it or lay down lines around beds, and I even put a little dollup in individual pots on tables. And amazingly, you can water over and over and over again and it still works! And whenever I lay a fresh line of it down, the next morning there are all kinds of snail and slug bodies all along the line. And it seems to work for a couple of months here.

And what's most important -- my cats are not at all interested in it and I've never had any kind of problem, so I feel safe using it around them.

Anyway, that's what really works for me.
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beckygardener
Mar 26, 2016 9:07 AM CST
Thanks, Betty. I had not heard of Deadline. Will look into it. I agree
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 26, 2016 11:10 AM CST
I just saw Sluggo in the local nursery a day ago and almost bought it because it says it is organic and OMRI approved, but I have a hard time with the idea of killing slugs. I'd rather deter them and make them want to avoid the area, instead, which I've heard that coffee grounds are supposed to do. I tried it late last year around a few strawberry plants and it seemed to work, but I'm going to try to use it early this year around all of my strawberry plants to get a better feel for how effective it really is.
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floota
Mar 26, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Fred, a hosta expert recommended 'Slug Magic' to me ( found it at Southern States here) for my hosta areas, but he was very specific how to use it. Apply 3 times a season, once before hosta pips appear, once when they are about 3' and again when they are 6" tall. My cats don't bother with it. Last year was the first year to use it and it worked extremely well in the hostas and heuchera areas. I haven't used it much in the daylily areas however but it should be worth a try - very easy to apply, just shake around like salt!
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Mayo62
Mar 26, 2016 12:29 PM CST
hi all,

last year slugs were a really bad problem for my DL's

I tried several 'home&garden'-solutions, but none of them seemed to work.
We had a very mild Winter and I've seen the first slugs around my growing DL's already... Grumbling

This year I'm going to try the 'natural enemies'-approach: as soon as the ground is warm enough I'm going to apply nematodes Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita

They are supposed to invade the slugs and secrete a bacteria that kills the slug Thumbs up
ánd they are safe for plants. birds and other animals Big Grin


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Frillylily
Mar 26, 2016 8:57 PM CST
Mayo, is that pricey? I have not heard of it, wonder if they sell it around here...
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sooby
Mar 27, 2016 5:50 AM CST
FWIW I believe Sluggo and Slug Magic have the same active ingredient (iron phosphate) whereas Deadline contains metaldehyde which more commonly poisons dogs than cats:

http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/haloxyfop-meth...

There are some other things one can do, like watering in the morning instead of evening (because then the environment is less moist at night).

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Name: Fred Manning
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spunky1
Mar 27, 2016 5:54 AM CST
Thanks for the information, I have researched the suggestions and all are about the same as far as how long they last. I can't water in the mornings because I hybridize in the mornings.
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Mar 28, 2016 2:16 AM CST
Frillylily said:Mayo, is that pricey? I have not heard of it, wonder if they sell it around here...


they are about 40 euro's for 30 million nematodes
You add them to water and apply only to the affected area's Thumbs up

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