slugs eating asparagus - help!

Should I use slug/snail bait or is there an alternative? The asparagus bed is a few years established, but this is my first year here. I see spears starting out - but then they get chewed off so I'm assuming slugs.
Joanne
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Odd... I have an asparagus bed also, and I have slugs around here but they've never gone after the asparagus! They've been after the young pumpkin vines in my greenhouse tho'. I've just been going out at night and squishing them.
But, I don't have very many of them right now. We drowned hundreds of them last summer with pans of dark ale. ;-)
Most people here seem to swear by "sluggo", but you might want to go out at night and verify what is getting them.
Good luck!
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I brew beer and the leftovers after bottling goes in the shallow pans in the garden during the growing season. Amazing what creatures like it too!
Have you gone out at night and checked? Slime trails?
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But, I don't have very many of them right now. We drowned hundreds of them last summer with pans of dark ale. ;-)
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My suggestion for slug hunting: go out one rainy (or least, dewy) morning with a plastic bag. Look in crevices, under vegetation, etc. Pick as many as you can, and toss them into the plastic bag. Knot the bag. Put in the freezer. Take out the next day and throw in the trash.
This method is both humane (my husband thinks humane slug killing is silly, but there you have it) and organic, and I have found it to be effective, too.
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Joanne & Ned wrote:

I bet it's not slugs, but as others have said, if they are you will find them out there at 10pm, shining against a dark leaf in the flashlight beam. Very difficult to miss. If they are slugs, sluggo is organic ad extremely effective (I used to be overwhelmed). If they are not slugs, it might be voles.
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I agree with the rest about it not being slugs, grasshoppers maybe? There is a spray aw Wal-Marts that is designed to be used on your edible produce that does wonders on cabbage lopers. I bet it would work in your application also.
My favorite for slugs is diatamatious earth (SP). It is safe to use anywhere, and is sometimes fed to pets to rid them of worms. It is a little pricy and will have to be reapplied after a rain, but it is immediately effective.
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Dwayne,
Are you using food grade DE or pool grade? I'm curious if Pool grade DE would work ok in gardens as it is fairly cheap at pool supply places in 25 and 50 lb. bags.
I'd like to try treating baby squash plants with it as I've been unable to grow squash or pumpkins due to squash borers. No melons either. I was going to go ahead and try growing them indoors this year in the greenhouses since I have the space. We erected the other 2 so now have 4 of them. :-)
How large of a pot should I use for a healthy zuchinni plant?

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I use the stuff for gardens. It is made from ground up sea shells. The slugs crawl across it and cut open their undersides. I don't think it will work for other types of bugs, unless they crawl over the top of it. If it works other ways, let us know.
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So it is specifically made for gardens? :-) If it's powdered seashell, that's calcium carbonate... not real DE.
DE (Diatomaceous Earth <sp?>) is made from powdered fossil diatoms and will dehydrate and/or cut nearly any insect that comes in contact with it. I've had a great fear of it damaging my earthworms so have been leery of using it. <G> I have _tons_ of earthworms in my back yard! Wild Red Wigglers.
It works on fleas, fire ants, caterpillars, and numerous other insects. It cuts their carapace's and dehydrates them. The food grade DE gets into the intestines and kills parasitic worms by basically cutting them to bits on the outside of their bodies. It's commonly fed to some livestock to help with parasites. It's also a good source of calcium.
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Here is a good ad for some. I have used it in the house to control fleas organically, but it creates a LOT of dust, so I quit using it and went to Cedarcide instead. :-) That works and is cleaner.
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present, but I don't see them actually on the asparagus, don't see the slime either. Did see a few sow bugs and something similar to (maybe a juvenile?) an earwig running away from the flashlight. Will keep looking. Haven't seen any grasshoppers yet, too early in the season for them, I think. We usually have enough around.
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