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Old 05-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Natural way to prevent slugs

Is there a natural way to prevent slugs from eatting our plants? They have taken a great liking to the green bean plants? Thanks.

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Old 05-12-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Re: Natural way to prevent slugs

Finely crushed egg shells around the base of the plant.

If its really bad then invest in a bag of diatomaceous earth. Totally natural and safe to use. It will dehydrate the slugs and kill the.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Re: Natural way to prevent slugs

I've had success with copper. I've read that copper gives an electric shock. You can either do a perimeter of copper tape/flashing/wire/pipe around your whole bed and remove the existing slugs, or put copper sleeves/wire spirals around specific plants.
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I was going to suggest the egg shells too. Finely crush them, almost to a powder, and sprinkle generously anywhere you see a slime trail or around the plants you want to protect.
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Thanks. We are already crushing the egg shells to put in the garden but more as fertilizer. I had not thought to put them around specific plants. I will do this and suggest it to my husband. He used some kind of comercial slug killer because we had a bit left.
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Re: Natural way to prevent slugs

You can also use beer traps. I use sluggo which is considered organic, but I also end up just picking and killing them by hand sometimes.
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If you have raised beds I've hear a sand paper perimeter works. We just used salt as a kid, lol.
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