The Ontario Slug: Deroceras reticulatum - causing me grief. Unlike the German Schnecken, these guys are much smaller. Scrunched up, they are as tiny as 1cm long.
|Small slug - half an inch or so long.|
I have many hostas, lettuce, lamium, kale, swiss chard.... and I am tired of seeing their foliage turn out like swiss cheese.
|Having a blissful morning munch.|
|Apparently yesterdays meal. (Rudbeckia)|
|Munch, munch, munch... (Lamium)|
|Even damage on some of the tougher leaves in the garden. (Ligularia)|
In the past, I've managed to "kill a few with the good old brew". Yes, beer. I used to dig out small areas of soil to place a shallow sour cream container filled with beer over night to see in the morning a few had died in the blissful brew. Not worth the wasted beer. I've also used newspaper sheets, rolled up, soaked in beer. Ya, a bunch of slugs, pill bugs and earwigs were tucked in there, but my garden would need the entire Saturday Star and the weekend flyers to do the job. Rolled up paper, wet from water does the same trick too.
Because my small backyard is fenced off between my neighbours, no matter what I've tried thus far...they come back. I prefer harmless solutions. So here are other options I've used before:
- diatomaceous earth
- coarse compost (leafy and mulch materials)
- coffee grounds
- lemon and orange rinds
|Scotts EcoSense: Slug B Gone. Non toxic to pets, birds etc...|
|Small pellets. Spread per directions on the bag, just before expected rain.|