Sunday, May 31, 2009

The war with giant slugs

A couple of Geraniums in a pot, I also stuck in three Zuchini seeds and they came up instantly. It's just a shit pot sitting by an ugly spot where the cable comes into the house. See that white spot? That's salt killing a giant slug. That one's a baby. They are usually 6 inches long. I found one 10 inches long when I was painting. I hate the fuck out of them. They scare me and they're horrid. I think they'll bite you too. They're omnivorous and I've watched them hunt, so I don't think they're harmless. They gross me right the fuck out. If anyone has any sure fire ways to find their nests and kill them all...Please..tell me.

10 comments:

Karla Rosendall said...

They also leave slimy trails all over everything! Yuck.

Frimmy said...

they have some kind of parasite you can see crawling around in their trails too.

i hated it when the kids played with them

Coyote said...

I just googled and there is a product called Sluggo, but it seems a little pricey. Beer, which I have heard before, can also be used. At least you could put a little in a jar top and drink the rest!!!

misstiajournal said...

i have used beer...you pour beer in shallow dishes and the slugs will go to it and drown, but you must replace it everyday, so that is rather expensive...

i'm nervous chemicals on plants, so i just use salt!!!

i hate 'em too!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a note about pouring salt directly on the soil, in time you WILL ruin your soil while your trying to kill the ugly things.

Bucket full of really soapy water, flashlight at night and drop them in.

Or boil yeast and honey then burry a deep dish in the ground up to the rim, fill with the yeast honey mix, they will crawl in and drown. Discard and fill again every day.

By the way snails and slugs can't stand copper. It gives them a slight electric shock when they come in contact with it. It doesn't kill them but they will avoid it. So bands of copper around tree trucks, planters, hoops around the base of plants, they will avoid crawling over it. You can get copper barrier tape if you dont have any copper sheeting. Sandpaper barriers do the same kind of thing.

Possums, chickens, ducks, turtles, tortoises, rats, some birds, and snakes, will prey on snails and slugs. Most people that have chickens and ducks hardly ever see a slug or a snail.

Corina said...

we use beer too.. the cheapest you can find. I HATE slugs. thank God they don't get that big here, but they still should not exist on this planet. :-o

OmeOmy said...

DD, what area of the country are you in? Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, in Va., I never learned the lesson....do NOT go outside barefoot at nite....I would scream and howl everytime I stepped on one of those damn things! Ushhh, between your toes, nasty! I hate them and get sick pleasure out of pouring the salt on 'em.

Bohemianmoon said...

Crushed egg shells. Don't crush them small enough into a powder, obviously, but in chips. You can put those around your plants in the garden or around the containers that hold plants.

They hate egg shells and will not slither, slide or whatever the hell it is they do, across them.

BTW, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new blog:)

lia said...

i use snail bait, i guess you call it sluggo. salt is bad for the soil and kills plants and no snail or slug ever died in a pot of beer that i poured for them. i just do a 'slash and burn' once a year and get a real thrill out of seeing empty snail shells all over the place, i have to admit.

Anonymous said...

pretty flower, love the pot but the slug can go lol.

I hope you will also post some of your paintings here too?

crystal