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Beta1
17-05-2007, 19:50:50
No really,

Anyone know a way of stopping the bloody things eating everything in the garden.

We dont want to use chemicals if we can avoid it but beer traps are not enough. We are catching 20-30 per day for the last week and the bastards are still coming.

so far everything that we have planted that is not in containers has been pretty much destroyed.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
17-05-2007, 20:01:33
salt and sawdust?

And more :beer:

Vincent
17-05-2007, 20:13:14
Burn the whole place

Beta1
17-05-2007, 20:17:43
I had forgotten about sawdust barriers. Might give the plants a bit of a breather. although the weather is so wet atm it would need constant replacing. I have found out theres a nematode worm you can buy that kills them quite effectively. I might try some high tech bio control.

Vincent
17-05-2007, 20:19:10
ah, napalm!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
17-05-2007, 20:37:20
Our plants are backed with nuclear worms!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
17-05-2007, 20:38:02
Btw, if you have the space - some breeds of ducks.

Venom
17-05-2007, 21:04:12
Definite animal warfare. Of course then the worms get out of control and you need birds. Then the birds go crazy and you need dinosaurs. And then the dinosaurs go crazy and you need Sam Neill.

MOBIUS
17-05-2007, 21:05:54
Crushed egg shells instead of sawdust?

Scabrous Birdseed
17-05-2007, 21:19:13
My mother employs a mix of unpleasant, illegally imported poisons and quick snips with the garden shears.

zmama
18-05-2007, 01:21:51
Diatomatious earth, copper sheet barriers in rings aroud the plants, chickens, ducks or nasty poisons :)

Koshko
18-05-2007, 01:27:06
Our cicadas will kick your slugs' ass.

Immortal Wombat
18-05-2007, 10:27:22
But only once every 17 years.

MDA
18-05-2007, 10:34:59
There's no need to panic, everything is fine. No slugs here.

MoSe
18-05-2007, 10:37:56
my PC has suddenly become sluggish

MDA
18-05-2007, 10:49:39
We use some sort of a "pet-safe" iron phosphate here - the regular slug baits are nasty poisonous.

We don't have a slug problem this year, its American Dog Ticks instead. The little monsters are everywhere.:(
I'm tempted to steal the dog's medication.

MoSe
18-05-2007, 10:51:40
a bait creeping just a bit faster than the slugs should make them crawl round and round and die of exhaustion

MoSe
18-05-2007, 11:02:30
Originally posted by Venom
and you need Sam Neill.

which cocktail does he drink?
Whisky sour

MDA
18-05-2007, 12:27:59
:drekkus:

You're thinking of Sam Elliot, not Neill; and the movie Road House, not Cocktail?

MoSe
18-05-2007, 12:41:27
own goal

Sam Neill
Jurassic Park
Dinosaur
Whiskysaur
Whisky sour

way to make a lame joke lamer

Venom
18-05-2007, 12:42:08
Christ, you're not funny.

MDA
18-05-2007, 13:51:34
Mose, that joke was only 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. :lol:

King_Ghidra
18-05-2007, 14:43:14
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Our plants are backed with nuclear worms!

:lol:

10/10 geekiness

fp
18-05-2007, 14:49:45
Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Nav
18-05-2007, 17:04:05
Drink a 2 litre bottle of water. Piss a bit. Cut empty bottle into pieces horizontally (say each piece 3/4 inches high, recycle top and bottom). Place over plants. Magic Invisi Barrier!

Think I might have accidently watched some gardeners world recently... :nervous:

Ginfizwithatwist
18-05-2007, 18:30:47
think you can use copper strips as a barrier around the tops of your pots and maybe sharp gravel around the plants in the bed ( apparently they dont like either sensation )

Nav - how do you "accidently" watch gardeners world ??! :lol:

Koshko
18-05-2007, 19:05:28
Originally posted by Immortal Wombat
But only once every 17 years.

That's all they need. Once they are done with the ass-kicking, it'll take that long for the slugs to heal.

Funko
21-05-2007, 08:18:36
Top tip as seen on "it's not easy being green" get a small pond, can be as small as an old sink dug into the ground and filled with water (fill the plug hole obviously). It'll soon get frogs living in it and they'll eat the slugs.

MoSe
21-05-2007, 08:25:02
beware pissing drekkuses tho

Vincent
21-05-2007, 08:27:42
I still like the napalm idea best

MOBIUS
21-05-2007, 08:51:00
That works well with zombies as well, in case you get a double infestation in your garden

Dyl Ulenspiegel
21-05-2007, 08:58:04
Zombie Slugs - for really strange moves

MDA
21-05-2007, 10:52:27
Originally posted by Vincent
I still like the napalm idea best

The Aredhran Method.

MoSe
21-05-2007, 11:02:02
Welcome our new member, Lefty Beta

Nav
21-05-2007, 11:49:49
Originally posted by Ginfizwithatwist

Nav - how do you "accidently" watch gardeners world ??! :lol:
Easy as I accidently watched some more recently! Try a thick covering of garlic granules around the plants you want to protect.

Drekkus
21-05-2007, 13:03:17
never mind

Lurker the Second
21-05-2007, 14:57:51
Originally posted by MoSe
which cocktail does he drink?
Whisky sour

This just made me go out and buy a gun.

Beta1
21-05-2007, 15:10:56
Originally posted by Nav
Easy as I accidently watched some more recently! Try a thick covering of garlic granules around the plants you want to protect.

that for vampire zombie slugs?

The Norks
22-05-2007, 08:11:34
Originally posted by zmama
Diatomatious earth, copper sheet barriers in rings aroud the plants, chickens, ducks or nasty poisons :)

yep copper gives them electric shocks (not sure what it does to plants or the alkalinity/acidity of your soil tho).

My uncle has done a bit of work with Titchmarsh over the years, and recommends nematodes- they basically eat the slug alive, and they keep breeding until all them damn slugs have gone! Its like a really gruesome biology project.

If you have animals like hedgehogs in your garden they will eat some of them too, but if you have an organic garden you should expect to plant extra plants to cover the eating habits of slugs and snails etc.

Nav
22-05-2007, 12:21:20
Originally posted by Beta1
that for vampire zombie slugs? Don't be stupid, slugs can't be vampires and zombies.

MDA
22-05-2007, 13:02:03
copper gives them electric shocks?


zzzzt! :lol:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
22-05-2007, 17:06:39
plugged in copper

Beta1
22-05-2007, 21:32:47
just been outside with a torch stabbing slugs with a bamboo BBQ skewer.

neighbours must think I have lost my mind.

Vincent
22-05-2007, 21:42:33
So do I!

MoSe
23-05-2007, 07:12:28
skewer and torch, BBQ, hhmmm....
they might indeed be better than marshmallows, roasted...

Beta1
23-05-2007, 15:49:14
ahah the nematodes have arrived, weapons of mass slug destruction are being prepared and will be unleashed this evening...

Nav
23-05-2007, 16:22:18
I've watched a preview of the next Gardeners World where they use mini-laser turrets to take them out. wicked!

Funko
23-05-2007, 16:23:28
I saw that, you have to build a maze, it's just like the Tower Defence game.

Aredhran
25-05-2007, 12:47:37
Originally posted by MDA
The Aredhran Method.

Yeah !
Burn the bastards !
:shoot:

Oerdin
25-05-2007, 16:39:53
Go Slugs!

http://www.goslugs.com/graphics/Mascot/banana_slug_mascot_1.jpg

http://www.alumni.ucsc.edu/img/bluegoldblack400.jpg

Scabrous Birdseed
25-05-2007, 19:34:07
Okay, I asked my mum and she gave the following advice:

1. Muscovy Ducks will eat slugs, and you can sometimes rent/borrow them off farms. So will hedgehogs.

2. Coffee is lethal to young slugs. Dilute coffee 10:1 and spray it over your veggies.

3. One of her neighbours made the discovery that otherwise safe (even healthy) food addative iron sulphate is lethal to slugs. Mix it up with cat food or something else the slugs like, and they'll all die unpleasantly.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
25-05-2007, 19:54:42
The best solution would be to close this thread. That should stop all the speculation. Plus it doesn't even have Word Association in the title, and that's just wrong.