Slug and Snail Control in the Garden
|Ahhhhhhhh! The joys of springtime abound...
The sun is shining, the sky is blue...
The songbirds are singing their sweet melodies to greet you...
As you stroll through your gardens,
admiring the beauty and colors, enjoying the fresh fragrances
of all of your favorite new blossoms as they open...
And just then...
You step on a icky, nasty old slugggg!
Pop! Slip! ICK!
You've been Slimed!
All about the private lives of Slugs and Snails....Slugs may be a very serious problem to you if you live in the Northwest or other moisture laden areas of the country. A single lawn prawn can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all. He can turn a perfect plant into swiss cheese over night and return to the safety of his hideaway, leaving you to wonder what the heck happened......
As slugs wander about, doing their evil little slug deeds, they leave behind them a trail of slime which amounts to nothing less than a road sign for themselves and every other slug to follow to the grand feast.
To make the situation even worse, slugs are hermaphrodites, they each have both male and female reproductive systems.
Yep, these slimebags can uhh...... uhhhh....
make love with themselves, and in the privacy of their own abode, each he~she slug will literally single handedly produce two to three dozen ravenous offspring several times a year.
The egg clusters look like little piles of whitish jelly filled, 'BB' sized balls.
The eggs will begin to hatch in anywhere from 10 days to three weeks or longer, and these ugly sluglings are born with a ravenous appetite! They eat so much that they can mature from egg to adulthood in as little as six weeks.... and each one start their own families.
Destroy the eggs... whenever and wherever you find them! A good shake from your salt shaker will quickly do the job!
Slugs may live for several years, getting larger with proportionately larger appetites each year. Now, do you really want to go out to your garden some morning and find an eighteen inch Brown Slug eating whole trees?
No thank you...
Organic Methods of Controlling Slugs and SnailsWe may never completely win the war by destroying every last snail and slug, but we owe it to our plants to fight them with every effective and safe method we can find. Every small battle won means that hundreds of future slugs will never hatch.
As with any battle plan, it is a great advantage to be able to set the field. Its easy! Cleaning up your garden will eliminate most of the places where the slugs hide, sleep, and reproduce.
Slug Stickers, Salt and Stale BeerFor the sake of our environment, please try some of these safe and simple methods to get rid of your slug problem...
before you resort to chemical warfare.
Your Garden Helper Surprise Tactics...Try as you might, the war against slugs will go on as long as there are gardens. You will never win, but you can keep them under control. Remember that for every slug you destroy, you are preventing countless generations of that slug's offspring.
A Garden Helper Tip regarding Slug SlimeAs you wage your war on slugs and snails, you are almost certain to be 'slimed' at least once. YUK!
Mix up a little warm water and vinegar, and use this formula to remove the slime from your hands like magic!
Slug Bait and Poison SafetyAt times, when the situation can not be resolved organically, it is fine to go ahaed and use an appropriate chemical treatment... as long as you take any necessary steps to assure it is done safely!
It becomes your primary and sole responsibility when using chemical baits and poisons is make sure children, pets, small critters, good creatures are denied access to the poison. Commercial slug bait products can be purchased in the form of meal, pellets, powder, granules, liquid and gel. Each form requires different handling methods. Always read and follow the product's instructions to the letter!
Please Take Notice! ¹
Not all slugs are bad slugs!
American Banana Slugs are Harmless!
We may give him a hard time now and then, but our good friend Shlug was kind enough to overlook that and pose for this page.
Shlug is an American Banana Slug who works here to keep decaying matter cleaned up from the forest floor.
He may grow to be 18 inches or longer but don't worry, Banana Slugs have absolutely no interest in eating your garden...
They don't even like to eat fresh greens!
We at The Garden Helper salute our American Banana Slugs for the awesome work that they do!
Hug a Slug today!
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