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“All About Slugs is a virtual sluggapedia of slime”
– Tom T.
Let’s face it, this is nature, there will always be a few slugs but that’s OK. Just follow the steps below and you can eliminate most damage and grow a great garden. Slug and snail control is a matter of changing a few habits, timing our attacks and using a few common tools.
1. Clean up. Slugs love cool, dark and moist spots under boards, piles of leaves, old nursery pots, weedy areas and low hanging leaves at the base of plants. Eliminate as many hiding places as possible throughout your garden. Trim off any leaves that touch the ground. Use footers to raise your containers several inches off the ground to keep things dry. Break up large dirt clods. Finally, move the compost pile away from the garden. Compost is great stuff but it can be a slug haven, especially before it breaks down.
2. Go on Slug Patrol. Getting out in the garden and actually removing the guilty culprits can be a very effective tactic. Early morning, late evening or any rainy day makes for good hunting. During dry weather watering a few hours before will help bring them out of their hiding spots.
We’ve heard dozens of home remedies to control slugs, some effective, some that don’t work at all. One remedy we’ve heard repeatedly involves placing a band of crushed eggshells around any plants you want to protect. In theory, any slug crossing this barrier will lacerate its soft belly and die the “death of a thousand cuts”. So does this idea really work? Well, crushed eggshells do have sharp edges and slugs do crawl around on their bellies. But we decided the only way to know for sure was to test.
We placed two identical leaves of lettuce in the center of our largest slug holding pen. Next, we surrounded one of those leaves with crushed eggshells and left the other open to any passing slug or snail. Then we set up the time-lapse camera and called it a day. (Slugs and snails do their best work at night – we don’t.)
Our critters are fed a balanced diet every day so we reasoned that if eggshells were really an effective deterrent they would gladly go looking for another meal. Like maybe the all-you-can-eat lettuce bar right next door.
So what happened? The results surprised even us.
The setup: two lettuce leaves, one surrounded by eggshells. Add slugs.
7:13 pm: Guess who’s coming to dinner
Slugs and snails are facinating creatures perfectly adapted to their environment. Who else do you know that has retractable eyes, both male and female genitals, is related to cuttlefish and can climb like a monkey (maybe a little slower).