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Can anybody help me get rid of what seems like the entire worlds population of slugs in my garden? I began gardening two years ago and the first year was fab...lots of veg and flowers with very little attack from the slimy critters...ugh! but last year total destruction:/ I tried slug pellets and beer traps, the dusk patrol with torch, crushed egg shells and soapy water...all failed and having seen the size of some of them I'm not surprised. I've read about nematodes...any good? I gave up with bulbs too because they disappeared by the next year I believe due to black keel slugs? My hubby thinks its hilarious when I go on my night-time patrol armed with torch and salt potimage) I will win! with your helpimage any suggestions gratefully received...thanks everyoneimage



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Last year was slug heaven -this year might be different-you are doing all the right things-but if you can find their daytime hiding places and remove those that could help.

    You might find white clusters of small white eggs now under stones and suchlike

    There is a garlic spray that is supposed to help-never tried nematodes but have heard mixed reportsimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,422

    Walking round with aspade on a damp evening gets a lot of big ones but I think manic slughunter's salt pot ii better on the small ones. Maybe that's because when I aim the spade at a small one i miss often as not. Never been much good at aiming.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thank you, I will have a look tomorrowimage 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,422

    If you've got pots outside (or in the greenhouse maybe) standing on gravel there'll probablybe some underneath. Not so many obviously about in the real world now it's gone cold. Slugging is one of my summer evening pursuits, along with watching the bats and shining a torch in the pond to spot the newts. Wine comes later or I lose control of the spade and torch.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • lolimage....I've got loads of pots scattered around my garden and two on each step going up the patio, I will definitely be in manic mode tomorrowimage I thought gravel was a good deterrent:/ I have so much to learnimage My hubby sits drinking his beer and watching the bats while I'm snarling at and squishing the slugsimage better than watching the telly he reckonsimage Do the keel slugs lay their eggs underground? I have raised borders for my veg and flowers and they're quite deep but the slugs seem to be coming up from underneath:/ can't seem to find the answer to how deep the slugs live underground...any idea?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,422

    Not sure which are keeled slugs. The ones I associate with underground are fairly small, black on top, lighter underneath. They go as far underground as they need to to find the food, potatoes for example.

    I think I have a full set, lots of different slugs. 2012 was a year for large brown ones and slim, light coloured ones

    On the gravel I find the slugs are on the bottom of the pots. They may be on the ground as well but I can't see them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,896

    Not all slugs are really bad news - we have lots of the big red or black ones (arion ater) which we find mating on the lawn on damp summer mornings image - they do little damage to plants, and eat other slugs so we leave them alone. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    Last year was indeed a slug & snail paradise with all the damp weather later in the year. You could mix 2 crushed cloves of garlic with 2 pints of water and boil (then let it cool down), watering plants that are at risk works, aswell as crushed egg shells, used ground coffee, copper foil around pots, and I tried something I saw last year which is copper tape around a cut soft drink bottle middle with the top and bottom cut off and set this over your newly planted "slug food". Slug beer traps are good, but make sure you empty the corpses out daily & sharp gravel is supposed to work. Its good if you can encourage birds into your garden (provided your not using pellets). Trouble is if the birds are being fed too much by us then they are not looking for their natural food, slugs, snails and bugs. An upturned pot is always a good idea, then if any find that its their shelter for the daytime, when you go out it makes them easier for you to find them. I think I will try nematodes this year aswel. 

  • slugs love dog food,(and before you say it so do rats)if you put a little pile in the same place each night  you can scoop up the offending gritters and dispose of them to the green heaven,do pick dog food and replace next evening and you will get rid of a few,but you need a army of hedgehogs,frogs,toads,birds and beer traps.image 

  • Thanks for all your suggestionsimage I'm heading outside now..wish me luck! 


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