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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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Cheap slug killer

I found this recipe on the net and it actually works! It caught more slugs the second night than the first night though.

I use empty, clean containers that formerly held ricotta cheese from the grocery store. Works perfect.

1/4 tsp bread baking yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup water

I mixed water that was slightly warm but not too hot, so as to not kill the yeast. Then the sugar was dissolved, and finally the yeast added. Give a quick stir.

Dig a hole in garden, put container in hole. Put dirt back around the container so the top is just above soil level. Take a piece of cardboard and fold it in half so it makes a kind of "roof" for the container. This keeps out rain and makes the slugs think it's a nice cozy place to chill out during the day.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 05:29 PM
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Two of the greatest slug killers are garter snakes and toads. Provide them places to live in in your garden and they'll eat their fill of the nasty bugs. I haven't had much a problem with slugs for quite a few years now thank goodness.

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Old July 20th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Although I don't have slugs...I would much prefer your recipe then snakes! sorry clm
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Old July 20th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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We live out in the country with approx 100 acres of land, so there's lots of homes for critters. But no critters can seem to keep down the slug population, so I supply a place where slugs can go for a swim.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:18 PM
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I used to use beer...but then our snake and toad populations increased enough so I didn't have to waste good alcoholic beverages like that any more! If the slugs ever start getting pesty again, though, now I have a different recipe to try

So what do you do with them in the morning? Just bury them somewhere?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:24 PM
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I used to use beer...but then our snake and toad populations increased enough so I didn't have to waste good alcoholic beverages like that any more! If the slugs ever start getting pesty again, though, now I have a different recipe to try

So what do you do with them in the morning? Just bury them somewhere?
Errr... ummmm, I left it out there for two days. It needs changing because it's getting rather crowded in there. You'd think they would notice their relatives floating in it. But nope!
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:51 PM
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I've noticed that slugs aren't very observant!

Oh, well.

little slugs
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My mum sprinkles table salt on them slug
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My mum sprinkles table salt on them slug
She sounds industrious and determined for sure.

I like the "slug motel" method so far.

Saw a video a few weeks ago called "River Cottage" and they did something for fun. They caught slugs and cooked them to try as people food! They were soaked in salt water to remove the slime and boiled. Some were "gutted" and put on skewers to BBQ and the rest was put into a kind of a soup. All tasters except one guy said

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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:21 AM
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Ugh!

Think I'll skip breakfast this mornin'...

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OMG.....I think I'll try the recipe to rid us of them before trying them as a snack food...yuck...
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