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Snail and Slug Repellents?

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Dec 16, 2012
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Snail and Slug Repellents?

Hi

I got a slug problem that is eating my wife's garden. I been looking for natural ways to get rid of them and have not found really anything that will get rid of them (I checked out copper tape, coffee grounds and etc but most don't seem to be that effective at last according to the many youtube videos I watched).

I am now looking at commercial products and found "Ortho Slug B Gon® ECO Slug & Snail Bait" . It says it safe for pet and etc and uses wording like "Eco" but I am wondering is this stuff actually natural or is just marketed as being natural but really is just poison.

If anyone has any recommendations on natural product or homemade solutions I am all ears.
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Nov 6, 2014
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Woodbridge, ON
Plant or vegatable garden to determine if it will be appropriate around food?
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Dec 16, 2012
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fordmaple wrote: Plant or vegatable garden to determine if it will be appropriate around food?
It's a vegetable garden, all are in separate pots (ie a pot for lettuce, pot for tomatoes and etc).
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Nov 6, 2014
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Woodbridge, ON
Hmmm...pots. Have you considered hanging them or potentially building a shelf?
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Dec 16, 2012
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fordmaple wrote: Hmmm...pots. Have you considered hanging them or potentially building a shelf?
In my patio there is really no where to hang plants and also the pots are quite large and heavy.
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Neem oil. Only thing is I'm not sure if it's banned in Canada or not for pesticide - I'm not entirely sure why it would be because you can buy it for consuming it yourself (powdered version tastes absolutely horrendous btw) but can't use it as a pesticide - that makes no sense to me. I bought a bottle last year for this reason but have yet to use it. Any rate, you can buy it online and it is natural.

You can also google the beer method - I didn't have too much success with that.

They're already out about. I doubt hanging the pots (huge pain for vegetable garden), would solve the issue. I also had a huge problem with asiatic beetle lily - completely destroyed my asiastic lillies, I wonder if they'll grow back this year or they're gone for good.
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May 28, 2012
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You are in Vancouver, so slugs and snails are probably more of a year long problem. I don't have much damage unless it's a really wet summer and they only come out in force near the end of summer. I have been known to go out with a headlight after dark to hunt down slugs in my perennial beds...scissors do the trick ;)

I have heard about people using an ammonia drench around their hostas for control of slugs, not sure how that would work in a vegetable garden. As far as I know, it's safe to use and gives plants a shot of nitrogen in the process. Try to get rid of any that you see, it will help decrease future generations.

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