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Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8319715

Hi everyone,

I am preparing a new garden in an area where there is lots of moisture and lots of slugs and snails. I am not willing to do any kind of pest prevention that is at all toxic, but it says here that Sluggo is good and fine and okay.

here: http://www.ghorganics.com/Sluggo.html

I am skeptical, but educable (I like to believe.) So I am soliciting thoughts opinions and facts about Sluggo. I am aware of other slug deterrents such as copper barriers and coffee grounds, and have used beer traps. I am just curious about Sluggo.

So, what can you tell me? Thanks!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8319749

Well, it's OMRI listed so it's OK as far as organic is concerned, and since it uses iron phosphate as the active it's safe around pets (unlike metaldehyde, which is the active in many non-organic slug baits and is very toxic to pets).

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8320268

I use Sluggo-Plus - it kills slugs, snails, and pill bugs! I also use coffee grounds, but am not sure if they work.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8320745

I've used Sluggo also and I do believe it works. I also have a crazy red Kelsie heeler (I think that is the variety of heeler she is--her name is Chance). A number of years ago she got into the Sluggo bag and ate some (she'll eat anything). At our best guess, we think she is 19 years old now and the vet tells us she is very healthy for her age. I suppose that is a good testament that Sluggo is OK around most pets.

Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8321208

thank you for all responses. I do wonder about its effect on micro life in the soil, etc... but yeah, if the dog survived that is a good sign. :)
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

January 20, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8321222

I had used Sluggo for years, but in the last couple of years we had very wet summers and my perennial garden is backed by a 4 foot high stone wall. Something was devestating my delphs every year and when someone at Dave's Garden said that slugs can leave black marks on leaves I decided that was my problem, in spite of the Sluggo. I bought copper flashing at Home Depot and cut it to 3 inch wide strips. I made little collars for individual plants. I focussed on the delphs but also put them around others in my perennial garden that seemed susceptible, like campanula. I've now decided that it's best to put the copper around a tin can, so that accidental bumps and step-ons don't smash them. It works absolutely wonderfully! I fasten the collars together with paper clips.

LAS
mevnmart
Spiro, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8340025

Supposedly ducks are one of the best organic ways to get rid of slugs. Fortunately, we don't have a problem with slugs, but unfortunately, if we did, I can't let my ducks run around the garden because our dogs would kill them. :(

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8340853

Recently, I read that garter snakes eat slugs. Wish I had some!
Steve_D
Massapequa Park, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8369917

I have used Sluggo-Plus in my organic dahlia garden for the last 3 years and it takes care of all slugs before they get to my plants. A side briefit it takes care of earwigs, another pest with dahlias. Nice part the critters go home and die not in view.
Try it ---it works and is safe. I see no adverse effect on my worms.

Steve

Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8370025

Thank you, I believe I will go ahead and use this. :)
Ray4852
Arcade, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9015871

sluggo is to expensive. I use Diatomaceous earth.
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 13, 2014
10:34 AM

Post #9788783

Let's be clear: Sluggo is NOT OMRI, but Sluggo + is. Be sure to get the good stuff! I also get those copper washing scrubbers, pull 'em apart into a ring, and them sort of wrap them around plants. Slugs HATE copper.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2014
11:19 AM

Post #9788814

happygirl345, I am acronym impaired. May I please ask what OMRI means?
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 13, 2014
11:27 AM

Post #9788820

It's Organic Material Review Institute. ;-)

(I work for a public utility and my goodness the acronyms will choke you!)
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2014
12:11 PM

Post #9788840

OK, thank you very much☺
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

March 13, 2014
12:48 PM

Post #9788869

happygirl345, I thought Sluggo + differed from Sluggo by the addition of spinosad (so it will kill, among other things, earwigs, as well as snails and slugs). So how can the product with 2 ingredients be OMRI, and the product with only one of those two ingredients not be?
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 14, 2014
10:13 AM

Post #9789442

I have no idea. All I know is that Sluggo+ is OMRI (and costs more!)
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2014
11:43 AM

Post #9791654

Oops! My mistake... Sluggo is OMRI, and Sluggo + say's "safe for organic gardens"... go figure...

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