Effective removal of slug eggs
Posted 24 November 2011 - 14:26 PM
As winter approaches my thoughts have turned to preparing my plants for their hibernation period. Cutting away dead/dying growth and checking the soils for pests, I have noticed a larger than usual quantity of slug eggs; particularly in the more open growing medium I use for the Darlingtonia. Does anybody know of a good way of preventing future occurrances? (During the winter period a number of plants will need to be divided and repotted so can remove the eggs by hand; but ideally I don't want to disturb the plants every winter unless absolutely necessary). I've read that copper strips can deter slugs; various insecticides and, of course; beer traps... which (if any) works the best or are there other methods that either kills the adult slugs or prevents their eggs from hatching?
Posted 26 November 2011 - 15:23 PM
Copper works very well with min impact on anything else I would avoid chemical control as poor slugs being at the bottom of the feed pile they food for so many good animals in a garden. As it is a bog garden you could do well by trying to get some toads in.
A safe way to give slugs a good kicking is to use nematodes control this will keep the number way down and if backed up with copper strip you should be almost slug free in a year.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 17:39 PM