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By Hywel

Carmarthenshire, Wales Wal

What do people use as a substitute for slug pellets ?




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I encourage frogs toads birds and hedgehogs into the garden mostly.
I also put crushed egg shells around the hostas and then go out with a torch and squish any I find. if I have had fresh grapefruits I put the skins out to collect them. I don't do the beer traps as I hate the slime that results. it makes me retch.

30 May, 2019

 

Last year I got some sheep wool and it worked well in a flower bed. I also use copper rings which are good when plants are small but make sure there are no overhanging or touching plants from which the beasties can transfer.
Copper tape is good around pots but again they need to be away from other foliage.
Like SBG I do sometimes go out with a torch to catch them in the act. Then they go in the compost bin and hopefully enjoy the bounty.
We have quite a few hedgehog visitors and most of my neighbours also look out for them. I found a dead one last year and did wonder about a new neighbour's garden. They were using slug pellets.
It seems that any citrus skins attract slugs and so out go orange and lemon skins.

30 May, 2019

 

I once tried my own experiment, I grew four rows of French beans, three of which I put down chopped up lavender and rosemary clippings, the other row I left clear, which was duly attacked by slugs yet the rest were untouched, I used these cuttings as slugs never bother lavender and rosemary, I think thes May be down to the powerful scent.

30 May, 2019

 

Banana skins attract them too Merlin & are better in the compost than too much citrus

30 May, 2019

 

Thank you all for your replies. They are very helpful.

30 May, 2019

 

Julien, that's a very interesting result.
Darren, I don't put any citrus in my bin. Have never used banana skins as an attraction but will do it.

31 May, 2019

 

Thank you all from me too for such good ideas nI’ve found copper tape good but expensive. I tried the wool pellets but the ones I got left a disgusting gooey mess at the end of the season. So banana skins it’ll be

31 May, 2019

 

Sunbeam, they have copper tape at Poundland but its only about 1/2 inch wide.

1 Jun, 2019

 

I’ll still buy some from Poundland to see how far it goes - thanks very much

1 Jun, 2019

How do I say thanks?

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