There is wildlife you love and wildlife you really dislike. Personally I really don’t like those slimy slugs especially when I find them in my garden, and yet, some people do love them even to the point of cooking and eating them. The days here have been wet, warm and humid just the sort of weather slugs love. Last night I saw about twenty of these creatures making their way across my lawn. Night time is the time they seem to do most damage in the garden.
I am hoping that all those frogs that have been making their home in my pond will come to the rescue and enjoy a tasty meal as well as helping me reduce the slug population in the garden.
Slugs (Gastropods) are a real pest in the garden. They will eat their way through stems, leaves, flowers, roots,shoots of so many different plants in the garden including vegetables leaving a slimy trail behind them. My hostas seem to be a favourite of theirs nearly every year.
Getting rid of slugs
I have tried various natural remedies like egg-shells, beer, salt, bran, but the best method that works involves putting on a glove, grabbing a bucket with a drop of water in it and manually dropping them in, one by one. Look in their favourite haunts, hostas, tulips, any herbaceous plants, seedlings and just keep an eye open for the slug trail. This method is best applied at night using a torch. This method helps to reduce the numbers but these monsters do insist on coming back.
Good luck with your slug hunt!