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Pet safe remedy to kill slugs?
I don't have a problem with the slugs in the garden area, its on my paths well away from any grass or soil. I do have an old brick wall around my path + stairs and I think the slugs are coming from there. Most of the non toxic remedies I've seen seem to be for use on soil and plants. The traps you have to bury in the ground as far as I can tell. Is there anything, not harmful to pets, that can be used on paths/patios/concrete stairs? Many thanks for all advice given.
I'd fill a spray bottle with vinegar, no weaker than a 50/50 solution if mixed with water, and try spraying that all over your problem areas. Personally, when I have slug problems, which have always been near the food bowls for my outdoor pets, I just sprinkle a lot of table salt in the area, whether it is in the yard or on the concrete, and that has always worked for me.
This has always worked for me. Is there some earth near your path and stairs? If so, use a small bowl; dig out a depression in the earth so that the bowl is nestled in the earth and the edges of the bowl opening are level with the surrounding earth (so that it is easy for the slug to crawl right in). Fill the bowl with beer at night and check it the next morning. Dump the contents into a flower bed and repeat until they are all gone.
Placing sheets of newspaper, wood, or cardboard in the garden at dusk will provide hiding places for snails and slugs at daybreak. They can then be crushed or scraped into the trash in large numbers. Sluggo, an organic granular slug killer derived from iron phosphate, is widely available from nurseries and home centers and is safe for pets and wildlife.
You could try repelling them from your area-- nicer for the slugs and also means you don't have to deal with getting rid of the bodies. Mint and garlic can work (not sure if this would work in your situation) and I've heard copper strips are a barrier they can't cross.
One place I've seen many dead slugs? My nieces' sandbox in England-- I picked up what I thought was a dried prune, and-- bleurg. Even with the sandbox cover, desiccated slug removal was a daily activity.
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