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Fighting slugs - 7 tips


Nudibranches are so little animals that nobody really wants to have in the garden. So here are 7 tips on how to fight slugs.

Snail grain is also toxic to pets

Slugs nibble on almost everything

Nudibranches not only look unappetizing, they also deal with our plants without scruples. The enemy No. 1 is the “Spanish slug”, which keeps displacing our native slugs from year to year. Any types of lettuce, melon and pumpkin plants, but also small shrubs, petals such as tagetes and the like are preferably nibbled away. At the same time, the slugs in their garden raids also leave unmistakable traces of slime, which many gardeners find extremely disgusting.

Like all pulmonary snails, these are hermaphrodite and can multiply rapidly, especially in warm, humid weather. Since the slime of the Spanish slug is particularly bitter, this nudibranch is usually left behind by natural enemies such as toads or hedgehogs. In contrast, ducks and other domestic ducks like to grab.

However, since not all of us can keep ducks in our garden, other means must be found to get rid of the plague. Try the tips below. With these you can fight snails in the garden.

Fighting slugs - 7 tips

Tip 1 - snail grain:

The spreading of toxic slug pellets is described as an effective method. However, this measure is not recommended if you have pets - e.g. Dogs, cats, etc. that could come into contact with the grain. Because then there is danger to life for the animals! Or small children are in the garden and grab this poisonous snail pesticide!

Important NOTE:
If you do not want to do without slug pellets, then pay attention to the packaging information Snail grain based on iron III phosphate or snail grain iron compound. This active ingredient occurs in nature and is therefore harmless to both the garden floor and all animals. However, the effectiveness against the snails is not affected. For example, this snail grain product from Neudorff is recommended.

Tip 2 - beer mug:

The use of beer mugs is completely free of harmful substances. The greedy nudibranchs are immediately attracted to the smell of beer and drown when trying to empty the well-filled mug.

For this purpose e.g. Rinse out the yoghurt mug, put it well into the ground and fill 3/4 with beer. Many garden owners swear by the use of bitter Pils.

Our favourite! Tip 3 - screw plate & snail fence:

In the specialist trade, special snail fences or snail barriers are now available, which can be placed all around the beds. They not only prevent snails from getting into the bed, the sheet metal version can also be used as a bed border at the same time.

The screw plate is simply inserted into each other and then into the ground. It even looks pretty good, at least I think.

Galvanized screw plate
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The snail fence is made of copper tape. Also a metal that snails don't like at all. You avoid contact with it and therefore also avoid your bed. In my opinion, both variants are very effective and also environmentally friendly, since no snail is killed.

Tip 4 - duck farming / chicken farming:

In a large garden you can also use ornamental ducks and bantams against snails. These animals see the nudibranch as food and thus ensure that they disappear. At the same time, chickens lay fresh eggs, which has a double benefit! With ducks, on the other hand, there is an increased risk that they will also eat a salad every now and then!

Keep ducks or chickens

Tip 5 - sawdust:

But it also helps if you sprinkle dry, coarse sawdust directly in the bed. Nudibranches don't like the rough granulate and usually leave the beds in a hurry.

Tip 6 - lime:

Insofar as the respective garden plants tolerate it, you can sprinkle a thin layer of lime from time to time in the beds. Because lime attacks the bottom of the slug. The snails in the garden will then disappear in no time.

Tip 7 - collect snails:

Of course, you can also collect the unpleasant slugs by hand. Then put in a water bucket (mixed with cleaning agent) and dispose of it after a certain time - it can smell very sensitive!

You can support the collection of slugs by spreading a bait. A salad drink is suitable for this. Often a few slugs collect on this, which you can then easily collect.

Another method that I like to use: spread large rhubarb leaves around the bed. Due to their size, they cover a large area of ​​the earth that remains so moist and dark. A popular retreat for snails that escape the sun during the day! You only have to lift the leaves and you can easily collect the slugs underneath.

NEW: Tip 8 - Schnexagon

The Schnexagon product is brand new on the market, known from the Vox program “Lion's Den”. It was developed by Nadine Sydow from Kiel, who doesn't want to poison the animals, but simply wants to keep them from reaching the well-tended vegetable patch. For this purpose, she developed an ecologically sound protective coating that removes the adhesive effect of the snail slime: The protective coating can be applied to any type of barrier and is durable there. No matter whether this protective barrier is made of wood, metal, plastic or glass. Simply brush on the colorless Schnexagon after a short time and snails are no longer liable!