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The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44357663

At last! About time the myths were exploded! I’ve tried them all and to my dismay, the only effective method is those nasty slug pellets.

My predictions for the results of this research, based on personal experience....

Copper tape - little evidence of impact
Grit - no impact
Slug pellets - effective
Egg shells - no impact 
Pine bark mulch - no impact
Sheeps wool - little impact
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553
    My answer to slugs is
    Leave to the wildlife
    Don't grow slug delicacies

  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
    I should have added....

    Frogs - highly effective
  • Beer traps - waste of beer.
    “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,940
    Gravel works for me, it’s volcanic rock, quite rough and spiky. Have to mound the ring quite high.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,288
    Scissors and stamps 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Beer traps - waste of beer. 
    You don't need to use real beer.  If it's mostly water, it will drown them.  If it's sweet, it will attract them.  If it's alcoholic, it will make them reckless and accident prone.  IME, a big jar of sugar solution, with a bit of fresh or dried baking yeast stirred in, and left to ferment in the kitchen for a few days, is quite as effective as Theakston's best.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,465
    molluscs versus
    copper
    copper
    copper, wire bristles and electric fence

    v soot
    v broken glass
    v egg shells
    v grease
    v 9 volt electric fence (they still make it!)

    Members of the forum with lots of frogs attest that they still gets loads of slugs.
  • @josusa47 - in truth when I've tried beer traps I've done it with the own brand cheepo stuff from the supermarket that you'd have to have reached the lowest low to contemplate actually drinking. However, even though they caught quite a few slimey types they seemed to attract even more. It was like last orders at the Queen Vic.
    “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Chickens love slugs and snails............if they could just be trained not to eat plants
  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    I should have added....

    Frogs - highly effective
    Agreed. I've got a resident toad at the moment and I haven't spotted a single slug in days. 
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