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metaldehyde source

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Jon, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I've used metaldehyde in the GH before with great results. I used the 25% Slug-It. Well, it's not manufactured any longer, so I'm looking for another source. The strongest I can find is 7.5%, but I can't put that through my injector (which is the preferred method of application for me) because it gets too diluted. Does anyone know where I can get the stronger stuff? TIA.
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I would also like to know the answer to this one.

    As an added note, I am open to other things for mollusk control.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I'm also open to suggestions other than granules.
     
  4. abaxter

    abaxter New Member

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    Have either of you tried DE? I've used it off and on for years and it does the
    trick for me.
     
  5. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I have not Angela. But I have been thinking about giving it a try.

    I prefer using liquid solution as like Jon mentioned they can be run through the injector, but if that is not possible then I will work around that.
     
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    LynneTyson New Member

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    Look to your close friends for the answer!
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Ooooo... I feel like Link in The Legend of Zelda!
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For general control of snails and slugs, 7.5% granules can work very well. 3.5% granules are easy to find, 7.5" is usually available only in 50 lb bags, but can be split with friends if you don't use large amounts. I use a seed spreader (the $10.95 plastic ones with a crank handle) to get even coverage. If it is just metaldehyde without a bait, it doesn't mold. One caution, it you get it on the leaves of promenaeas or sarcochilus it will bleach the leaves and you have polka dots. Used regularly (one friend does it on the 1st of each month) it will keep them under control.

    If you are using it, it does loose potency when exposed to the air, so be sure to keep it sealed.
     
  9. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    Deadline is what we use in our pest control biz. It's the most effective bait we've found. I don't believe it is labeled for professional use only. It's best used in its original pellet form, but I have made a solution with it. Kinda gross, since it's blue. I've put the pellets directly in pots with no damage to the plants.
     
  10. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    I'm still happy with Sluggo. I had tons of those big brown snails lurking around and now all I find is empty shells. And I don't have to worry about the dogs.
     
  11. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you can't adjust your injector, you could use something like a Gilmore hose end sprayer with with the 7.5% liquid. I have had good results with the "Lawn Sprayer" they make. No dials or anything fancy on the Lawn Sprayer model. This usually cost $5 or so. The other models they make didn't work well for me.