The Battle of the Slugs OR Die, Slimer, Die!

I love to garden but I hate slugs. Spiders and snakes: no problem. Moles and gophers: my cat, Pomeranian, or husband will dispatch those. Slugs are more prolific and tougher to get rid of.

After trying for over a decade, I won the battle of the slugs using three methods. The first method was an accident, sort of. I knew that slugs would die if you salted them. I wasn’t going to salt my lawn or flowers. However, in a fit of rage, I grabbed a spray bottle of cheap (Dollar Tree) orange cleaner with oxy-bleach. Guess what? The slugs practically melt before your eyes after spritzing it a half dozen times. I was positively giddy killing those slimy leafeaters! However, with hundreds of the vile critters, (over a dozen per two square feet), it would have taken forever to hunt them down. Besides, my trigger finger went numb after the first twenty minutes.

This slug fence works! 1/2 inch of sisal (jute) rope on top of wooden borders.

To the rescue: my husband. He said he remembered something about sisal rope deterring slugs. He stapled half-inch rope on top of the wooden edging around the beds, making sure there weren’t any open spots. Voila! We watched as slugs climbed up the sides of the boards and turned around and went away. Of course, by now we had two spray bottles. They could slither away but were soon dark spots on the grass, waiting for natural decomposition.

A slug’s natural predator: wild turkeys!

While these two eradication programs were going on, we had a benevolent act of nature occur. The wild turkeys that come by twice a day to feed on spilled birdfeed (I think the blue jay does it on purpose) decided to fly over my deer-proof fence. The ten or so turkeys wiped out the rest of the slugs. After two weeks, I found one slug. He was trapped within the borders of the raised bed, unable to get out over the rope. I tossed him into the grass. Maybe a turkey will come by for a snack.

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About Dani Haviland

Dani Haviland, formerly of Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses. She moved to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography.  View website

One Reply to “The Battle of the Slugs OR Die, Slimer, Die!”

  1. You Got Wild Kingdom going on Where you are. Be careful with those Wild Turkey’s they can get aggressive 🦃🦃🦃 I would freak if they came in my yard I’ve had just about everything else in my yard or on the block. From Owls to Beavers to deer stray cats and to whatever else that keeps digging holes in my yard / dang ol rabbits although I haven’t seen ducks 🦆 I’ve hear them pass overhead all the time. I experience all these animals and there’s no food source just think if we had food out I would have a mini petting zoo🙄😁🤣Take care over with them Turkeys make sure they get plenty a slug 🐌😁
    ☯️Ninth/Ennea Ennea ☯️

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