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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Jul 23, 2017 7:42 AM CST
We've been having a lengthy (on and off) spell of humid and rainy weather for most of this spring and summer. The slugs have taken over. They are in my garden beds as well as in my flower pots on my deck railings. I pick them off my plants whenever I find them and I also use crushed eggshells, coffee grounds, and slug bait pellets as deterents. They just keep coming! Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 23, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Ducks. Easy animals to keep, and they love slugs.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jul 23, 2017 12:20 PM CST
I live in Washington State. Seattle, the rainy city, gets 37.9 inches of rainfall a year. I live 80 miles south of Seattle, and get 78.6 inches. I truly feel your pain. But you can do things that really affect the number of slugs in your yard, and they work. Some things can be used for many seasons. Some things you can do on a lovely spring morning, but most things require a Gorton's fisherman outfit, gloves and a strong constitution. There may be some violence involved. It is not a glamorous battle.

My climate is unique, and and most of you will win your battle with less effort. To pass on what I have done would not serve 99 % of you, and I sure don't want anyone thinking they have to do all that I did if they see a few slugs. But if you are seeing more than a couple slugs every day, even in daylight, if you have a lot of shade and delicious tender perennials and sedums being dined upon, and want to get serious, treemail me, and I will give a few options you may not have tired.
My short answer is, start as early in the season as possible, don't waist time on traps or on salt. Don't go on a slug hunt on a full stomach.

Sounds like I have slug killing stuff to sell. I swear I don't . Angel
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 23, 2017 1:38 PM CST
What a shame ! Laurie wasted, all that time, writing you. AND !πŸ‘Ί! Didn't tell you, a single thing !!!
Sad ! Sad ! Sad ! 😭😭😭

I'll tell you something 😁😁😁 !
On top of everything else your doing. Reg oatmeal, and reg corn meal/grits, slugs and snails eat it, and can't digest it, and explode. POW'ee !
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jul 23, 2017 2:42 PM CST
My boys used to string them up on twigs through their head hole (whatever that thing is). It was gross. But that many less slugs.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 23, 2017 3:14 PM CST
Slug bait works very well, and is "targeted" to only attract slugs and snails. There are organic non-toxic types that are not a threat to kids or pets. Just put out a very small amount every few days for a couple of weeks, not a whole lot at once. Less bait, more often will "get" the succeeding generations, not just the ones that are adults when you start.
Elaine

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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Jul 23, 2017 8:21 PM CST
My favorite method is to let them drown themselves in beer. To make cheap, easy, fairly unobtrusive and rain-resistant traps, I fill cat food cans with beer, put a black 4" square plastic pot on its side, and slide the can into the pot.

You could also sink yoghurt cups into the soil so they're level with the ground, fill them with beer, and partially cover them to keep the rain from diluting the beer.

Slugs prefer light-colored beer. I buy whatever is cheapest.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 24, 2017 5:45 AM CST
Ditto to what Muddy posted, set out small saucers of beer, works for me Thumbs up

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