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I live in Turkey and unfortunately there are no pet friendly slug pellets/bait here.  What would you recommend to use? I tried eggshells to no avail. What about sawdust ?? I managed to get some copper tape which a friend kindly bought over so my pots are doing ok.
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  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 631
    I prefer physical barriers (things like cutting rings from plastic bottles to put round small plants) and coffee grounds.  And vigilance...night time snail patrols
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,228
    Bucket, four tablespoons salt, inch of water, rubber glove, torch.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Nasty sod 😂😂😂  I salt slugs I find on my slabbed area luckily I don't get many of the big snails but if I find them i have the habit of hurling them as hard as possible. 
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Hi @TraceyA2 I think the snail hunt is your best defence. Check under the rims of your pots, a popular hiding place for snails during the daytime. 

    Is it any easier this year @Posy , or are you still battling against hundreds a night? 😢
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Nasty sod 😂😂😂  I salt slugs I find on my slabbed area luckily I don't get many of the big snails but if I find them i have the habit of hurling them as hard as possible. 

    You'd need a strong arm to do any good Marc.  Research has shown that snails' homing instinct ranges up to a quarter of a mile.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,483
    Perhaps this is where that much mentioned Rocket Science could be usefully employed ... package holidays for molluscs
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Mine get plonked into the 'garden waste' wheelie bin and are collected every Monday morning to go off on their holibobs to the council's big compost heap. 😎🌴
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I have no qualms about crushing snails and leaving the remains for the birds after reading the link below a few years ago.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • TraceyA2TraceyA2 Posts: 116
    Thanks everyone for your ideas. I will go on a hunt but the problem I have at night is that i get attacked by mosquitoes.   I will see how I go else may rethink my plants to include some lavenders, mint etc until I go back to UK next year and can get pet friendly pellets

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,228
    Thank you for remembering me Kitty! Yes the numbers have fallen but the big difference is my plants. I just can't believe how vigorous and healthy many of them are. They have come through winter, self seeded, all sorts. I have things I haven't grown for years. So really worth the effort.
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