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Jan. 8th, 2011

  • 5:34 PM
This is a question a bit in advance. I am going to be doing a lot of vegetable growing this year, and our back garden is highly prone to getting lots of slugs and snails.

Now, I dont want to poison them. Especially as we get quite a lot of wild birds in the garden not to mention local cats.
I also dont actually want to kill the slimy persons (they might be annoying but its not thier fault)

Basically I need a way to trap them, so I can move them to the front garden instead (they would then need to climb over the house to get to the back garden again, hehe)

So have you any good ideas for trapping slugs and snails without hurting them, so they can be transported?  Other years I have gone rund daily and picked them up by hand, but with a job, a theatre company and a masters degree, I really will not have the time to do that this year. Please remember I am UK based so theres absolutely no point in reccomending USA brandnames to me! Instead, "how to build/ bait humane ways of catching them" is what I am looking for.

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loligo: Scully with blue glasses (Default)
[personal profile] loligo wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of a humane slug trap -- I'll be interested to see if anyone else can come up with one! My only advice would be to plant lots of lettuce around your other plants, and plan to sacrifice a bunch of the lettuce. My experience has been that slugs and snails always prefer lettuce to anything else.
elven_ranger: (Default)
[personal profile] elven_ranger wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I cant, not with container gardening.
annariel: Alex Kamal from The Expanse (Default)
[personal profile] annariel wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
How big are your containers? My mother got some copper leaf strips which she stuck around her hosta pots and she swears they keep the slugs off. I think she said she got the strips from a garden centre though I wouldn't swear to it,
elven_ranger: (Default)
[personal profile] elven_ranger wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
they vary, but mainly about a foot across
zdashamber: painting - a frog wearing a bandanna (Default)
[personal profile] zdashamber wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's a good thought. You could get stick-on copper tape from a stained glass supply store... I will have to poke around a bit to see if that would make sense cost-wise.