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source for copper tape to prevent slugs?

Posted by arbo_retum z5 ,WinchstrMA (My Page) on
Sat, May 13, 06 at 0:47

i have spent tonight researching slug deterrents. i am determined to save my hostas and centaurea this year. turns out there are many options, but i just do not have the temperament to use any products that must be refreshed or replaced during the season.collars of builder's sand or lime might be a one-season solution but i think copper tape would be more permanent.(years ago, before i discovered GW, i made, mistakenly, 100 collars of ALUMINUM , not copper, sheeting, so i can just afix the copper tape to these existing collars) SO, i think i've settled on copper tape. i've found web sources but didn't know if any GW person knows of a greater- boston- area- vendor? Safer makes a product called Slug and Snail Copper tape, and i may just start calling all the garden centers around,and then plumbing supplies vendors, but i thought i'd ask you resourceful GW people first.
thanks much, mindy

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RE: source for copper tape to prevent slugs?

I'd check the big box stores first. Then a plumbing supply house.

RE: source for copper tape to prevent slugs?

Look in the electrical aisle for 1" copper tape. Not sure exactly what they use it for, but I've seen it on occasion.
Try a stained glass supply store also. 1" isn't commonly used, but there are several other narrow widths that are very commonly used, and should be in stock at any stained glass supplier.

yay! i found it!

mahoney's strikes again!

RE: source for copper tape to prevent slugs?

NOT tarnished copper...
I was intrigued about slugs and copper, so conducted my own little experiment. I put 1/2" copper pipe in the sun, and a slug so that, with the sun at his back, in his retreat he would be forced to come face-to-face with the copper. He touched it and reared back like a miniature horse! It worked, and I read later that their reaction is caused by a small electrical charge.
One drawback about copper I've never seen addressed in forums or blogs, on garden sites, or by garden suppliers: once the copper is tarnished, slugs cross it like it's nothing.
I don't feel like cleaning my copper, nor wish to rebuy every season, so I've opted for ducks. They're fun companions (in the country), but the hens can be loud. Better to have a drake in town, if slugs are a problem there.
God bless your Garden


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