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Slugs

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Tom_in_PA, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Well the other week I found a slug had eaten one of two flowers on my Masdevallia pumila that was blooming for the first time. Well after looking hard to find the bastard I actually did find him. I found him eating the lead growth of my very small division of Baptistonia echinata...grrrrr

    Well I was worried I might have more so I set a beer trap up and found five more in the trap this morning dead :D, but only after they had eaten the last flower on my Masdevallia pumila :bang:

    If a beer trap caught five of them do you think I should just keep the beer traps going to get any more or is it recommended to pull out the big guns and get some sort of chemical bait traps to take care of them?
     
  2. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Beer and escargots? Yummy!:D
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I suppose it depends on your desired outcome. If you want to get rid of the little darlins, chemicals are your answer. If you want to keep 'em around, a beer garden sounds like a good idea.
     
  4. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    I guess I am off to find something to keep them in check....the only beer garden I am interested in is the one in my fridge for my consumption.

    Sorry Tom I am not into escargots ;)
     
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    DawnC New Member

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    Get out that big ol salt shaker and sprinkle away.

    Tom DE, ya aint right.
     
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    Do I detect some Deja Vu here?.....I'm a big fan of iron phosphate...Sluggo and Escar-Go are the main brands...totally harmless, and in my experience, far more effective than metaldehyde (at least in a garden...) Take care, Eric
     
  7. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Thanks again Eric....

    I have found Escar-Go at Gardens Alive catalog tha tws just delivered the other day so I will be giving it a try. Let's hope the little bastards are kept in check and will no longer eat my masdie flowers :D
     
  8. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    I finally got some ESCAR-GO! the other day as the slugs kept getting worse. I started finding them almost every morning now I had to take your advice and get somthing else. Let's hope this takes care of them finally!
     
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    abaxter New Member

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    I'm trying the iron phosphate to protect my hostas this year. I've been using DE, but
    it's rained so damn much that DE is being washed away daily. Will the iron phosphate
    stand up to rain without constant application?
     
  10. This_guy_Bri

    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    sluggo!!
     
  11. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    You got it!! Sluggo, for sure. I had those huge brown snails, got some sluggo and now I have huge brown snail shells. And it isn't harmful to the dogs. Angela, it lasted a long time through my waterings.
     
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    I used Sluggo for a while but I had to reapply it so frequently because it would quickly dissolve. However, my girlfriend's stupid cat, the most finicky eater in the world, managed to eat some of it and we had to take it to the vet. What a fun situation that was...she was crying and I was trying to convince her that the cat wasn't worth $800.

    Now I use That's It...considerably smaller, much more potent and it takes a lot longer to dissolve so I don't have to apply it so frequently. Not sure if anybody's read it but in the March 1972 issue of Orchids there's a funny article written by Ted Fischer titled "Bush snails and how to grow them".
     
  13. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    I can't believe you waited over 3 months & let them keep breeding!
    I like That's It, also.
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What is the active ingredient in That's It?
     
  15. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Metaldehyde 7.5%. The nice part is it's pin head sized granules, that are hard & don't grow mold like the pellet type of slug control. I use it when repotting, sprinkle it into the root ball.
     
  16. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    I only waited becasue I never saw anymore evidence of still having them around. I only found a couple and then I stopped fiding them or any evidence of them altogether. I actually thought maybe I only had a couple of them that came out of a new plant. All of a sudden I started finding damage and every morning as the lights came on I actually started finding the little bastards!

    Lessen learned...even if if I only see one or some sort of evidence of thier presence it is time to break out the big guns and eradicate them!!!
     
  17. EdM

    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    Karen, where can I get some of the Metro That's-It product. I just now looked on-line and could not find a source.
     
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    I've never seen That's-It, but am always looking for better ways to kill slugs. I'd also be interested to know where to get some.
     
  19. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Doc Elly, it's in all the garden shops & Ace Hardware stores here. Ed & I looked and could not find a source on line. Your local good garden shop should be able to get it for you.
     
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    Thanks, Karen. I'll check more carefully next time I'm in a garden or hardware store.