Slug hunter, extraordinaire

10 May

Slug hunter

Little D can scout out anything edible (or not) on the floor, so I thought I’d take him out slug hunting this evening. We had a blast with the LED headlamp, and thankfully he didn’t find any.

I’ve been having terrible trouble with the slugs lately due to the copious rain and the heavy mulch I’ve used on the front bed.

I’ve tried to be pragmatic with my organic ambitions and use up the nasty chemicals first before buying organic alternatives. So I broke out some snail pellets recently in a last-ditch effort to protect my womboks, which are looking pretty manky inside. Slug poo in my stir fry gives even me the heebie jeebies, and it takes a lot to faze me.

So once the nasty chemicals are gone, I’m onto iron chelates-based snail pellets and beer traps. That and Little D.

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5 Responses to “Slug hunter, extraordinaire”

  1. Leanne Cole May 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Have you tried egg shells? I’ve been saving the egg shells, baking them in the oven and then sprinkling them over the garden. So far I’ve only done it on the herbs, but I haven’t had a problem since I put them out there.
    Leanne

    • L May 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      No I haven’t, and that sounds like a great solution – we go through a huge number of eggs in this house. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Lucy May 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Please be very careful with slugs and children!!!! They carry a very dangerous parasite, as does their poo. I know I’m a scaremongerer but there have been multiple cases of a rare form of meningitis attributed to slug ingestion. The sequelae can be devastating. Watch D like a hawk!
    On a positive note though, I’m loving the blog.

    • L May 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

      Wow Lucy, I really didn’t know that! Thanks so much for the heads up – I generally subscribe (clearly too much) to the “she’ll be right” school of thought. Good to get a wake up call now and then.

  3. Asydfoodie May 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I put protective milk bottles over my seedlings at night. Once they get too big to fit inside, they can fend for themselves (and are usually too tough for the slugs to get wholly decimated). Also have some sacrificial plants around like weeds

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