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Slugs and snails in mounts

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by DukeBoxer, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. DukeBoxer

    DukeBoxer Active Member

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    Does anyone here have a tried and true way of killing slugs and snails that are in the moss of mounts? I've read about spraying with ammonia and or coffee mixtures...has anyone ever tried this? If I put out a lid of beer, do you think they would come off the mounts and into the beer traps? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    hehe. Well, the beer would be nice. I am sure they would like that.

    I use a combination of things to control slugs. Sluggo pellets which I try to keep sprinkled on stuff. I also use the liquid deadline, I give everything a drench then let things dry.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I second the Sluggo recommendation. Haven't used Deadline, though.
     
  4. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    liquid Deadline is the best, you can drip it as you see fit and the attractant lures them F wads in for a last meal. you can put it on the mount where there are open spaces and they will find it.

    then they just stop eating and DIE or i help speed up the process as such :
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  5. DukeBoxer

    DukeBoxer Active Member

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    I thought about the pellets, but I don't know how long they'd stay put on the mounts, plus watering might knock them off. I'll try the liquid Deadline. Brant, you say I could just drip it into holes on the mounts straight? Does it come with an eye dropper or something?
     
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    Dale New Member

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    "Does anyone here have a tried and true way of killing slugs and snails that are in the moss of mounts?"

    Mesurol, if you can get your hands on it. I think there are commercially available metaldehyde sprays, too.
     
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    I never had a problem with slugs/snails and mounts but a mount can be laid flat and bait used, I would imagine.
     
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    DE doesn't look very good for a bit, but it does kill snails and slugs. There's also a
    granular called variously Qbane Que-bane...something like that with metaldehyde that does a great job.
     
  9. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    Yes, with Liquid Deadline you pop the top and it has a spout and you can direct / squirt it where you want it to go. Pellets just roll off usually sooner than later, unless there is bark or something to wedge them into.
     
  10. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    DAMN...this morning I found the first slug every eating one of my bolbo seedlings :eek:

    Looks like I will be searching for some DEADLINE soon, any suggestions were to find it?
     
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    I second the recommendation of Mesurol. I posted a whole thing on my attempts to fight snails over on OSF. You could search there if you're interested.

    If you're talking about BIG snails, as opposed to "bush snails," Deadline will work great. It's all we use in our landscape biz. Deadline will not work on bush snails, as they are not attracted to the bait. A liquid drench of Deadline, as I described in my OSF thread, did not work for me.

    With all that said, you can get Deadline at your local agriculture or nursery supply warehouse.
     
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    Brant dazed

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    i don't now nor do i hope to ever have a Bush snail problemo so for our big brown Euro snails and slimey slugs Deadline works just fine.

    Home Depot carries the liquid.
     
  13. DukeBoxer

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    Thanks everyone...I think I'll look for some Mesurol because is Bush Snails are the little guys, that's what I have. I'll go do a search now and read what you had to say. Thanks to everyone!!
     
  14. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I've not found that bush snails do damage to orchids. They're unsightly, but that's really about it.
     
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    I don't know if I agree with that. I was alerted to MY problem with bush snails after purchasing a Den dichaeoides that started to seriously decline after about a month of bringing it home. My cultural conditions should have been fine for this one, but about half the mount croaked. Upon very close inspection, I found it was infested. Now that my bush snail problem has been knocked down, the plant has recovered nicely.
     
  16. DukeBoxer

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    Jon, I wish that were true, but something is eating the root tips, flower spikes and new growths on my plants and I always find the snails on or near what is getting or has been eaten. If it's not those little f'ers, I'd like to find what is...
     
  17. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I'm just sayin'... I've only noticed them munching on the powdery algae that grows on some of my leaves. I've only noticed munched orchids from slugs, pillbugs, etc. Never from the bush snails.
     
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    Pillbugs, damnit! You just said the magic word...Are those the ones that are gray and roll up into balls, also called rolypolys I think. I just found a few on the back of a cork mount in between the cork and the hard wood of the tree and a new leaf looks like it has been munched on. How do you get rid of those things?
     
  19. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Yes. Same thing. Sevin gets rid of them.
     
  20. DukeBoxer

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    ok...You know, in all the years I have grown orchids, this is my first real pest problem. Now I gotta see how I can solve it.