I had read somewhere to crush up eggshells and scatter them around your precious hostas & iris's so the dreaded SLUGS or SNAILS (UG!) would not munch on your tender emerging shoots.
I had been saving up eggshells - we hubby & self been eating an egg a day, so finally I had a icecream bucket (4 litres) full of rinsed out eggshells. I then put them in the Cusinart and whizzed them around till I had broken up the eggshells, not too fine, glass shard like.
Went out 2 days ago and spread them around my hosta and iris bed. Today went to look and what did I see but a smear of what looked like spit. But I know better, it was a slug or snail who had gone over my eggshells. Zapped him good!!
I am still saving up eggshells, even if I don't need them for the hosta & iris bed then will add them to the compost heap.
I tried that too last summer and when I went back to check, the eggshells were gone! I have since learned, birds eat eggshells for the calcium. They must have gotten mine before the slugs came around 'cause they ate the whole hosta.
gardendragon...you go for it! Them pesky slimeballs can try a person's patience! We have about 300 chickens ("about"...they won't stand still long enuff for me to get a proper count!) and always have extra egg shells. We sometimes chunck 'em into the gardens, sometimes feed 'em back to the chickens, no matter what we do we always save some for the slugs! (course now, it's a great grimy site when we sling some slugs to the ducks...they actually EAT them! 'Tis a site, and sound, to see/hear a duck mucking down a slug..!) But get this...we also found out along the way, if you run out of eggshells the local feed store sells 50# bags of crushed oyster shells for about $6...and they work just as well. Ahh yes...take that(!) you varmints!
lilbudgc, For me beer never worked with slugs, those slimy devils never seem to go near the beer, waste of good beer. I also I heard it can be dangerous to the birds, they drink it and get drunk, fall out of the trees!!??
Slug bait is VERY, VERY dangerous to cats & dogs.
Eggshells are harmless to all animals and good for the soil.
If the egg shells don't work, go
to your farm store and get crushed
shell. It is sold for chickens, that may stop them. But beer does
work for me. You can buy the slug
traps with lids that you put in ground, so birds and pet can't get into them. Lee Valley Tools has the traps for $6.50 ( 1-800-871-8158)
Here's a neat little thing I just found in Birds & Blooms - a homemade slug trap. You will need:
2 liter soda bottle
slug bait (purchased from a garden center)
Cut the top third of the bottle off the empty bottle. Drop a spoonful of slug bait into the bottom of the bottle. Push the cut off top portion into the body, with the spount on the inside. Put threeor four staples where the edges meet to secure the parts together. Viola.
The design of this keeps the poisonous bait away from kids and pets. The slugs can climb in, but have a terrible time getting out, and usually perish from the bait during the effort. Use for about a month, then replace with a new one.
This was developed by a Helmut Brodka of Renton, Washington. :)