After buying a home last year, I started planting vegetables something
I enjoyed doing in the past. Unfortunately, slugs have been having a
wonderful time with my black seeded simpson lettuce. I've tried
chemicals (Bug Getta) but the slugs still seem to attack them. Last
year, they attacked my bean's leaves until I planted marigolds which
for some reason, kept the slugs away.
Any suggestions as to how I can keep the slugs away from the lettuce?
More importantlly, Is it safe to eat the lettuce leaves that have
holes in them thanks to the slugs?
I was tempted to ask why you were using an insecticide to try to kill
slugs. It's a good thing I looked it up. I was surprised to find that a
product called Bug Getta was really a slug and snail killer and not for
As far as eating the lettuce, sure, you can eat it with the holes in it
if you can keep your mind from thinking about it too much. :-)
I would be more concerned about eating it after applying the bug getta
product. Is that product labeled for use on food crops? I find that the
active ingredient is metaldehyde. That is fairly toxic stuff. If it is
labeled for use on lettuce etc, I assume it says to put it near the
plants and not on them?
There's another product called "Sluggo". I have never used it but I'm
told it is quite effective. That product uses iron phosphate to kill
slugs. That should be much less toxic. I don't know if it is labeled for
application right on food plants but it might be. If you find the
product, read the label and see what it says about that.
In case you're in the UK where I can't find sluggo or escargo, I found
iron phosphate based slug pellets called "Advanced Slug Killer" from
growing success. I wouldn't get their standard slug killer as it has
aluminium sulphate which is linked with Alzheimers.
It doesn't seem as effective as the reports of sluggo I've heard on the
newsgroup, but it's helping, and to be fair, I've got the worst slug
problem in the world due to a neighbour who doesn't bother looking after
I've been trying coffee grounds. Turns out caffeine is toxic to slugs and
they avoid it like the plague. I've had the best luck with new grounds, not
used and I buy the cheap stuff when it's on sale just for the garden.
Cheaper than poisons. It's the only way I can get a ripe strawberry or any
greens in my damp BC garden. Trouble is you have to reapply after rain or
Also, a ring of eggshells works. They can't cross them. Or a raised bed with
a copper band. The copper creates a an electrical charge when they try to
Note: With these barrier methods, make sure you are not trapping slugs
inside the barrier. LOL
Or try a midnight run. One night I came out with a flashlight and some
rubber gloves. Discovered a slug/snail highway from a nearby flowerbed to my
garden bed. Picked up more than 75 in less than 10 minutes. Gave up counting
Yes, This is my first reply by the way!
I do know several ways;
Slug pellets, like my fellow Brit said! - %100 efficient (Personally
Planting garlic nearby - %75 efficient (Never failed me)
Putting a rough surface around the plants, rough gritty bricks, broke
glass etc - %100 efficient (Never Failed me)
Netting - %100,000,000 effective!
I actually use all of these bar the pellets, i NEVER have slug attacks
Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions,
I'm in the US. I use Bug Geta near the plants but not directly on or
around the plants. Surprisingly it isn't working too well this year.
They seemed to have changed it though. Instead of the "grit" of last
year, it is now "pellets" and the slugs don't seem to care about the
pellets as much.
Last year I planted marigolds and that seemed to work.
Since I brew my own beer I have some leftover from every batch when I
bottle. Shallow pan with some in it, slugs die happy... If you partake
save a bit from every portion. Otherwise buy a quart of the cheapest
beer you can.
My friend had slug problems and I told her about the tray with bee
poured in it. She said it is working great!! They just climb in an
drown in the beer.
The lettuce is fine to eat with the holes in it. I wash my lettuce a
least 3 times to get the grass and bugs out if it.
J Golden Wrote:
I had the lettuce this weekend, washed THREE times to get rid of the
dirt, the slime, and the ants and it was delicious. I planted tomato
plants near the lettuce and surrounded the vegetable bed with
marigolds. Last year, for some reason, the marigolds attracted the
insects and the slugs hated them and kept away. Hopefully, this year
will be the same.
On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 21:34:49 +0000, Maryc
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