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Springtime Solution for Slug Problems Around Your Hostas

By ge1836
April 10, 2012

When the hosta "eyes" appear, I mix one part household ammonia with ten parts of water and pour this mixture around the eyes close to the plant. It doesn't hurt the plants, but it does dissolve the eggs that are laid around the roots. It has reduced the slug population noticeably. I also pour the ammonia solution directly on slugs that I see on the deck. Dissolves them right away.

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Apr 9, 2012 6:30 PM CST
thanks for the reminder to defend my plants!!!
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Apr 9, 2012 7:11 PM CST
This is great advice and is better than pesticides. Thanks for the reminder, gotta do mine pronto. Thumbs up
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pardalinum
Apr 9, 2012 7:28 PM CST
Just did mine. Didn't want anything to happen to Captain Kirk Green Grin! . Slugs and snails all but rain from the sky around here.
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tarev
Apr 9, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Oh..I love this tip!! Will try this one out! I hate those slugs! Making a happy meal of my hostas and other plants Rolling my eyes.
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Apr 9, 2012 8:27 PM CST
pardalinum said:Just did mine. Didn't want anything to happen to Captain Kirk Green Grin! . Slugs and snails all but rain from the sky around here.


I know you're in OR, but your comment reminded me of my favorite WA t-shirt from my visit there 30 years ago: "Enjoy Washington weather -- ten million slugs can't be wrong!" Hilarious!
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Oberon46
Apr 9, 2012 9:19 PM CST
Do you suppose that would work poured around the base of dahlias which are also food for slugs here? Then put copper rims around the base to keep the other intruders out?
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ge1836
Apr 10, 2012 2:52 AM CST
I cant believe it would hurt.
I honestly dont know.I am trying it around one Ligularia in case it doesnt work the other 3 are safe.
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Apr 10, 2012 4:11 AM CST
fiwit said:

"Enjoy Washington weather -- ten million slugs can't be wrong!" Hilarious!


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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duane456
Apr 10, 2012 8:14 AM CST
I counted mine last night--I have ten million and one. Smiling
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ge1836
Apr 10, 2012 8:52 AM CST
Use the amonia solution and the counting gets easier.
Did you herd them into groups?
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Apr 10, 2012 9:00 AM CST
I rustle them up like cattle. Big Grin
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Apr 10, 2012 9:10 AM CST
yaaaaho!
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Apr 10, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I didn't believe what they said about slugs in the Northwest until I lived in WA state for a few years. Now I'm a true believer.
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Apr 10, 2012 6:27 PM CST
Stop-it! Yawl are killing me. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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pardalinum
Apr 10, 2012 6:37 PM CST
Eugene OR has an annual Slug Festival complete with competition for a crowned queen. There is, of course, a well attended parade...
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fiwit
Apr 10, 2012 6:39 PM CST
pardalinum said:Eugene OR has an annual Slug Festival complete with competition for a crowned queen. There is, of course, a well attended parade...


So my t-shirt just had the wrong state on it? Hilarious!
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pardalinum
Apr 10, 2012 7:34 PM CST
No, it is just that those Washingtonians don't know how to pay proper respect to those slimy gastropods.
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Apr 10, 2012 10:08 PM CST
Eugene is known for things like that.
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ge1836
Apr 11, 2012 3:06 AM CST
Wait ! Wait !
I am getting a visual on the size and shape of the Queen sluggs crown !!!
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pardalinum
Apr 11, 2012 11:07 AM CST
Slug Queens make their own costumes as part of the competition, so something different each year.

http://www.slugqueen.com/bonjour-welcome-to-slug-queen-eugen...

Since the lowly slug so revered in Eugene I doubt stuff like Deadline and Corries sells very well there.

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