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"Slugs" Gardening Tips by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on March 18, 2013
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Welcome All

We are still in the grips of winter off and on and we are looking at the better part of next week being blessed with more snow. One needs to ask when it is going to stop. Like most around this neck of the woods we are all tired of it. But then again when you are greeted in the morning wit a fresh layer of the white stuff and the world is all clean again well it is special.

As I mentioned I have decided to share little snippets of gardening tips over the next while and some natural ways to create some of those wonderful flowers and garden we so much look forward to having.

Please gather around and make yourself comfortable. You will have time for a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate so settle in. I see you are all sitting with your feet in the air over the subject matter but have no fear there are none in the house or the gardens here for that matter.... above all know that you are all loved.

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Slugs

Hated and despised by all gardens and once you have them they are hard to get rid of. There are many products out there on the market that claim to be the be all end all. They are very expensive and often can be harmful to children and pets. So be cautious of using them. Keep in mind for every chemical or product used to desiccate you are changing something in your plants or the soil they grow in. Unseen by most dirt contains all sorts of good Micros and Micro elements that keep the soil and plants healthy. Upset the balance and you have problems which could take a long while to repair.

There have been many things that have been tried over the years. An age old one is beer in a low container. Slugs are attracted to the smell of the yeast and it does work well as I have used it. It though is not the best. once the creatures are dead you will need to dispose of them. The act of having to handle the containers is nearly as repulsive as having them. I have found another which works much better, it is very cheap, bio degradable and really recycling at its finest.

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Grow you own

Its free and we all have it. Well in my case a little, it is human hair. You can collect all you want at the Hair Salon for free. I know you are all laughing now about the miracle product but is without a doubt the best I have found.

Generally what you want to do is cut the hair in about 1 inch lengths and simply spread it as evenly as you can throughout your flower beds. Something most people do not know is the ugly slug is a very particular creature. You see they keep themselves very clean. I know it is not common practice to pick up a slug and look but I will tell you for certain you will never see them with dirt or debris such as pieces of dried leaves stuck to them.

What happens to Mr Slug is he is going about in search of of the goodies in your gardens. Once he passes under a hair it will stick like to him like crazy glue to your fingers. What happens is he will spend the rest of his life attempting to get the offending hair off of himself. Now here you have another benefit because he composed very quickly and becomes a great nutrient for your soil.

I was involved in a study years ago of what colours slugs were attracted to the most and they were light yellows and particularly white. Just a little something you want to keep in mind in planting. You do not need a whole lot of either to offer contrast in your flower beds.

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Give it a try

An infestation of these little guys will strip your lush flowers bare in no time at all if left unchecked. The have veracious appetites and proliferate at an amazing rate. Both the female and the male have reproductive organs. After they have copulated they will bury about 30 eggs in the dirt and within days the babies are active and with a month are reproducing themselves. You can do the calculation and by the time you are done you have a problem.

I do hope this helps you during the summer months to spend time to really enjoy your gardening. I do love to go the organic route in all areas of my yard, this is just one of the many tricks that do work well. Remember any chemical, pesticide or for that matter salt will change the PH and harm the good things you have in the soil... Enjoy.

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Useful stuff Rolly. Human hair amazing. Here we were considering finding some kind of powerful slug cure or something lol. Great gardening suggestions. Especially love it that it has nothing to do with chemicals. Passing this on.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Gypsy... Hope this works for you, you had mentioned snails as well were a problem. This should work very similar on them as they are all somewhat of the same family I would suspect... God Luck and let me know please.

      Hugs and Blessings to you and yours

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Rolly what a great gardening tip !!!We are like most plagued by these pests who can strip the most beautiful of blooms in minutes.

      I used to pour salt on them but then read that if the birds then pick up dead slugs the salt will kill them so I stopped that one.

      How easy is that human hair ?? I am threatening to cut my hair in a couple of weeks so what better use for the no longer needed locks!!

      Thank you so much for this one Rolly and I vote up plus share. Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

      Wow! I didn't know this! Where I live, we don't get very many slugs due to the dry climate. However, my daughter lives in a damp climate and she has slugs all over the place. What a great and inexpensive way to keep the little critters under control. I will tell her about this.

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      pandagirl754 4 years ago

      I try to learn something new daily..and I did from this hub. Thank you. I will collect cut hdir from the beauty salon next time. Happy, too, our slugs are quite small... just many!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Now that is positively amazing, Rolly. Human hair is anathema to garden slugs. Who knew? Not me. Thanks for this unbelievable information. Now if I ever need to do battle with them I shall be prepared. The things one can learn from Hubs!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Curious, I am going to have to ask my hair dresser to save some hair for this experiment. Will it work for snails? I would think it would, but for different reasons than it does for slugs. Curious and fascinating. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm still laughing at the video..Love it..I was unaware about using hair to get rid of slugs. Thank you for the info. more please....

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this amazing tip, Rolly! I have never heard of using hair to get rid of slugs. I share your opinion that natural methods should be used to get rid of pests whenever possible. I'll remember your great suggestion for removing slugs from a garden.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      How fascinating, Rolly! Human hair . . . who would have thought? Thanks for the very interesting and informative hub here. Love your flowers and that video is too cute.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will just go grab a handful out of the trash right now I just threw in! Wow, and I have some big ugly ones and been killing them on the ground already. I just use a rock or something over them and never look twice. ewwww. All my pots will have hair this year. Thank you! If I start growing wigs I will cut you in on the profits!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rolly

      That is very interesting. I, thank goodness, do not have a problem with them where I live now but have had them in the past. And I never really thought about it before now but I have never seen one looking 'dirty.'

      the video was a hoot.

      thanks for sharing. Sending Angels to you this evening. :) ps

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rolly,

      Wow, who knew about hair?? fascinating and one I will try most definitely. I have done the salt and the beer in low containers / flower saucers but this sounds best. Many thanks for this interesting article!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eddy... just catching up on the comments... life has been crazy of late with some health issues... but back and once I wade through everything life will get back to normal I hope.

      Salt is an alternative yes, it is naturally occurring in the soil but once you apply more you upset the balance... a simple soil test kit will tell you where you are.

      Hair on the other side of the equation will compost naturally over time. Be aware of the fact that slugs are more attracted to the colour white...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thank you to all who have commented...

      Nancy Owens

      pandagirl754

      drbj

      tirelesstraveler

      always exploring

      AliciaC

      Faith Reaper

      Jackie Lynnley

      pstraubie48

      Suzie HQ

      You are all such wonder and thoughtful writers and I thank you for stopping in. Hair should work on anything, slugs, snails. They are horrid little creatures. I wish you all the best of luck.

      It is always special to have you visit the Fireside... just sorry this was not the best subject to make you feel comfortable... Hugs to all and know that you are loved.

      Hugs from Canada

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