Slugs love dill!

sandpapertongue(7a VA)June 10, 2013

This is my first year planting dill, and I have never in my life seen so many slugs! I found a huge one on the ground, and my dill plant is covered in tiny ones.

I've been flicking them off my plant and smushing them. A part of me feels bad though -- they don't appear to be eating the plant to nothingness (I grow the dill mainly for butterflies & their caterpillars). But they gross me out, I have to say, and I would rather they not be in my garden.

Copper, coffee grounds, diatomaceous earth -- do these really work? Or should I just keep picking them off?

Or do slugs serve a good purpose somehow and should be spared?

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batyabeth

They are bird food, lizard food, frog food. Other than that, kill 'em all I say, flick them off your plant, etc. Nothing much works against them, I've found. Slugs and snails ruin much of my garden every year. I hand pick them off at least twice a day in our wet season.

If it's between them or my plants, the plants win.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 12:46PM
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margowicz(8/9 UK)

check the vid

Here is a link that might be useful: trap

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:42PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Has anybody tried used coffee grounds ?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 3:47AM
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Persimmons(6b Southern Mass)

I've heard a drink of beer from the bottle top is enough alcohol to kill them and they enjoy drinking it.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 10:31AM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

You can reduce the slug problem by encouraging predators such as amphibians, mammals, and birds, and by maintaining a moderate mulch to promote insect predators. However, a NEW mulch will actually encourage slugs at first. But you have to start sometime.

Iron phosphate (sold as Slug-go, Slug Magic, and other brands). is very effective and safe on herbs and other edibles.. However, it isn't cheap and it must be reapplied after every heavy rain..

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 10:57AM
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wally_1936(8b)

I tried beer but that did not seem to work. I was reading the Epsom Salts works, has anyone tried this, if so does it work?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 8:09PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Beer is too expensive to serve slugs. Hehe. I pick them and use Get -Buga(Ortho) . after two years of continuous systematic efforts, there are very few of them around. They are mostly damaging when the seedling are small. But when squash and things like that are grown, a slug now and then is not going to case major damage. Today I mange to hunt 4 of them in all vegetable, flowers and shrubs gardens.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 1:25AM
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sandpapertongue(7a VA)

Hi all! Nice to see I have company in my slug-infestation. Actually, I'm pretty lucky. I've been picking them off in the early morning, but I haven't hit double digits yet. And they are usually little baby slugs --- though I did run across a 3-incher the other day and almost died of grossness.

Today, I saw two little frogs in my garden! 1 little brown thing, probably some type of toad? Tiny little thing, maybe the size of a quarter. Here's hoping he's a good little predator with a taste for slugs! And then I saw a little black frog. I'm not sure if they are living here or just passing through. I don't have a pond or any permanent water feature.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 9:44AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I've used the beer slug traps with great success. The traps are gross the empty but it is simple and easy to do with no dangerous chemicals to handle.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 3:55PM
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sandpapertongue(7a VA)

Yeah..that toad is not eating nearly enough slugs to earn his keep.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 8:37PM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

Hi FataMorgana:

Iron phosphate is NOT a dangerous chemical. Iron phosphate (also known as ferric phosphate) is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The slug baits that use this are OMRI listed for organic food production.

Both iron and phosphorus are part of the normal diet and are found in many foods'. I don't suggest eating this stuff, but if you or one of your pets happened to ingest a small amount by accident it wouldn't cause any problems.

You should treat any pesticide with respect. But all-in-all, this stuff is probably safer than what you use to wash your dishes..

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:07AM
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TreeCurits(5b)

I can sympathize... Nothing in my garden has been more detrimental than slugs. I've tried the beer trick in the past, and while it did drown many slugs, I felt it attracted even more. Those buggers cleared my pepper plants to the base. Personally, I won't be doing that in the future. I found that keeping my plants drys as possible was a pretty good deterrent. Of course that has been almost impossible for me this season.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:40AM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

This is a banner year for slugs with record levels of rainfall and cool weather. Sadly, I noticed last night that most of my ripe gooseberries were slimed and nibbled by slugs. My astralagus seedlings were devoured by these nasty creatures. I hope the weather will improve with more sunny days and hotter and drier conditions so that the slugs go away.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:48AM
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