Anti Slug and Snail Experiment

Following postings about slugs and snails and copper wire etc., I am performing some experiments which gardeners, (that does not include me, I am a non gardener, 'her outdoors' is the gardener) might like to follow.
Pictures at http://www.myalbum.com/Album-NSVC6IM7
One of the pictures shows a slug which is reluctant in going over the copper wire.
Other pictures are self explanatory .
The three pots of beans are now under the tender care of 'her outdoors' in her greenhouse. Once the plants show above the compost, they will be placed in a 'vulnerable' position outdoors where the slugs and snails seem to frequent.
Watch this space.
Be delighted to answer any questions.
The Cathodic/Electrolytic Action experiment with two dissimilar metals round a pot may follow later.
Mike
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wrote:

Yes. That is one we found inside, so it was lifted up and placed alongside the copper cable. It wasn't happy ;-(
The cable on that bed only went on a couple of days ago so we can only assume it was already in the bed.
Follow this thread :-))
Watch this space :-))
Mike
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Uh, the slug appears to be "in" the raised garden. Maybe he is reluctant to leave a free lunch. In the picture with the copper tape, there is no plant to attract the slugs or did they already eat it?;-)
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Many years ago (about 30+) I read about copper deflecting the onslaught of slugs. It so happened soon after reading this tidbit of information I spotted a box of copper tape on the counter of my company 'store' while I was getting spare fuses for my truck. I asked the fellow what it was for. He had no idea nor who ordered it. We paved roads. He said if I wanted it I could have it. Whoopie! Two dozen lovely 100ft rolls of 2 inch wide copper 'tape'.
I ran a single strip of tape this all around the outside of my wooden raised vegetable beds and flower planter boxes. I live in the Pacific NW, USA.......we have SLUGS! I did this in early spring, just before I planted. The first few weeks I picked slugs out of the beds and boxes but I assume these were already there or hatched from existing eggs. I never saw trails or evidence of slugs crossing the tape. By mid summer my raised beds and boxes were slug free. THEN......as the corrosion started covering the tape (heavy green-bluish stuff) the slugs began to creep over the most heavily corroded areas. Apparently this insulates the electrifying effect. Problem easily solved organically. I cleaned the copper bottoms of some of my cooking pans with tomato juice. I poured tomato juice into a small bucket, rubbed down the tape using a rag dipped in the juice, hosed off the residue and once again the tape was shiny and repelling slugs. This continued to work the 15 years I lived there.
One hint about attaching your copper. I used roofing nails and soon saw that electrolysis occurred from the metals reacting to each other. It wouldn't be long before it corroded through and the tape would fall off. I pulled the nails, predrilled holes about every 3-4 feet or so, applied a dab of silicone caulk and inserted a nylon staple type peg. The 'peg' was from a piece of crap Buttoneer Tool I was given, never used the useless gadget. My young son had been using the tool for a "ray gun", had to dig that out of his toy box. Never throw anything away, never know when you might need it ;)
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Sounds good Val
Many thanks
Mike
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wrote:

I'm going to try copper wire around unglazed pots. We have voracious slugs, some are over 7" long and hunt a couple hours after dark. Beer traps didn't work so well, snail/slug bait is much better. Some years are much worse than others, I think it depends on the past winter temperatures and duration. I've heard the slugs dislike hair, sharp sand, gravel or diatomaceous earth. But, I've seen pictures of slugs/snails crossing a razor or knife without getting cut, I guess due to slime protection. The west coast has some huge slugs that invade many gardens. Some pick them off early in the morning.
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http://zootal.no-ip.info/stuff/2007/2007AugustBeckyAndSluggy/images/DSCF0082.JPG
That is my daughter - she will sit for an hour watching these things crawl on her hands....
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http://zootal.no-ip.info/stuff/2007/2007AugustBeckyAndSluggy/images/DSCF0082.JPG
Would you like me to send our slugs and snails for her to play with? ;-)
Whereabouts are you?
Mike
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Has anyone considered buying a roll of copper foil that is used in stained glass hobby/business? It comes in 108-ft rolls and has a peel-off paper backing that can be left for added strength (the glued back is so it sticks to glass). The foil comes in various thicknesses, usually 1 or 1.5 mil, I believe, and width of 1/4" or more. The price per roll is about is about $6 perhaps. You'd need to check around to see if there are any stained glass suppliers. It's a bit expensive for keeping slugs away, but should work. For myself, there's nothing like stripping some 16 or 18 guage copper strand wire that can be found almost anytime in a scrap pile somewhere.
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On 5/17/2008 12:27 PM, bop snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

While I prefer using multiple strands of fine copper wire, I know someone who has used copper foil quite successfully. She says that, after one use, the glue is no longer usable. Then she uses a glue stick or other means to fasten the foil for reuse.
The reason I prefer wire is aesthetic: it is not as noticeable as foil.
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always quite 'busy' :-((
http://www.myalbum.com/Album-HLLCEHR8
Watch this space.
Mike
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They sell rolls of copper in the gardening section of most home improvement stores. It works great. Copper is getting so expensive though! I'm thinking of finding a way to use pennies instead.
You can also use some lemon to clean your copper.
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and Coca Cola and Daddies Sauce :-)
Just think what they do to your stumick ;-)
Mike
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Latest pictures. Complete with slug or snail tracks and a very poorly plant :-(
http://www.myalbum.com/Album-Y8IACPSG
The two smaller plants are in the pots with salt on the double sided sticky tape and the copper ring around the stem
Mike
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