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  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    I use leftover plastic cutlery from Christmas. The forks are quite sharp, so just fork them and bag them. Or spoon them out the dirt. Then throw the fork/spoon away when done.

    Sparklepinksunflower, where will you empty that bucket when done? I'm curious! imageimage

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    Empty coffee jar, salt water, use the lid, easy as,

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386
    Sparklepinksunflower wrote (see)
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     i have mentioned my bucket of snails a couple of times. This was collected in an alarmingly short period of time

    Thats amazing.. Where did you dispose of that? I read a post this mornng about mixing flour and water in a dish that you sink to ground level in the border and it attracts slugs. Im going to try it. I'll try and find it again and try and put it in as a quote

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386
    diggingdoris wrote (see)

    The flour and water is working. I emptied the pot this morning to find ovewr 20 slugs and 2 more snails. A bumper catch for last night! Some of the slugs were just small about 1cm long but other sizes up to a 3inch one! I'm well chuffed and the delphiniums are still standing. Hurrah!

    diggingdoris wrote (see)

    A piece in my local paper suggests sinking any plastic dish ie. marge pot for example into the soil, then adding 2 tablespoonsful of flour and filling it up with water. A great slug trap she says. I've done one today near my delphiniums. I'll let you know if it works.

     Sorry got quotes wrong way round read the bottom one first

  • summerpotssummerpots Posts: 51

    I still dont know where to put the dead slugs tho... I cant stand touching them and as for stabbing them with a fork yuck... I think the bucket with salt water I can manage with throw away gloves but dont know what to do with them after..just had a thought would the birds eat them?

  • stowv1stowv1 Posts: 5

    We lob the snails on our lawn by the bird feeders and the birds come and eat them (hopefully most of them as we keep finding empty shells).  My partner cuts the slugs in half with a pair of scissors - yuk - but then they don't come back!

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802
    summerpots wrote (see)

    I still dont know where to put the dead slugs tho... I cant stand touching them and as for stabbing them with a fork yuck... I think the bucket with salt water I can manage with throw away gloves but dont know what to do with them after..just had a thought would the birds eat them?

    They might do-but then might not go for the salty taste-and you may then have a lot of yuccy slugs laying about-you could just dig a hole,say a prayer, and bury them image

  • I've known about beer traps for ages but I usually went for the bucket of hot soapy water and going out with a torch at night.  Next day I'd empty all the dead slugs down the drain in the road.  (Clearly this doesn't work for snails though - they'd block the drain).  However, messy job.  Now I've actually got the beer trap going and am amazed at how efficient it is.  Every night 20 or 30 dead slugs in the beer - no effort.  I leave it for two days and put the small amount of beer and resultant slugs in the compost bin.  That seems to be working OK.  The beer is just Tesco's Value beer - 4 tins for around £1.

     

  • summerpotssummerpots Posts: 51

    I am into the salty water bucket method and had a wonderful time lobbing them in today

  • RogerNRogerN Posts: 4

    I too gather up slugs & snails. I've heard that it is the most effective option & I would agree. I find that a long thin bulb trowel is the best tool, which avoids the "touching"  factor. I bottle mine up in a certain hot chocolate drink container as my wife is an addict, so over the year we accummulate sufficient for the slug season, and then add them to the refuse sack so they are atomised by the council incinerator.  Gathering them has almost become obsessive, in seeing just how many can infest one's garden, so a tally of approx 1000 in both 2009 & 2010, hardly any in 2011, but have exceeded 1300 already this year. 

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