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underground slugs

I have a problem with underground slugs eating newly planted shrubs in my front garden and want some help in trying to get rid of them before it gets too expensive to replace the plants that die.image



  • Can you describe the little horrors for us, or even post a picture?

     And are they eating the roots or the tops of the shrubs?  

    And what sort of shrubs are we talking about? image

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  • Agree with Dove, we need to knoe more about these 'slugs'

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    A pic of the shrubs would be useful as well to see the type of damage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,043

    Sound more like cutworms than slugs. the only slugs in Britiain that live underground are keeled slugs and they mainly eat things like potatoes.

  • small slugs live under the soil as for this is where the eggs are to be found,and its the small slugs that do the most damage.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    There are certainly slugs living in soil but I'm surprised to hear they're eating/killing  shrubs. Slugs cause damage in gardens but this sounds a bit extreme. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Might not be slugs at all-possibly weevil grubs-but again more info needed.

  • If it's slugs, they are like the ones on our allotment and they do live under the soil, just coming up to eat our precious plants. I use Nematodes which are parasites to slugs and work brilliantly. You buy them online and water them into the soil. Easy to do and very effective. They saved most of our crops this year which was the Year of the Slug!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    Certainly a big slug year here and I can see them eating veg and other succulent leaves. It's the extent of the shrub eating that surprises me.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,043

    I am very sorry to disagree with so many folks, but Slugs do not live underground. They live in the leaf litter on the soil and may appear to come from within the soil but they are surface living creatures. Nor, do they eat roots. Their preferences are for green leaves, decaying leaves and mostly for each other.

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