Ideally this is a no brainer and of course I am not going to use poisons, of any kind...
So I spend my days mowing, weeding, trying to keep the grass under control and most of the gardens free of it. I spend hours trapping bugs, squishing bugs, complaining about bugs.
Hubby says I should spray the grass and if I don't he will. He says I need to put poison down for the slaters and if I don't he will. So far I haven't and he has had other stuff to do.
So I am putting seeds in, watching them grow, putting them out into the gardens...and going out in the mornings to see a few more gone, eaten by the slaters. This morning I go out and see that I have 1 broccoli left out there. A few peas are gone, strawberries are being munched on, tomatoes have holes.
I have been setting up areas away from the plants with leaves and *food* for the slaters and a lot are going there and I can pick them up and give them to the chooks or pour boiling water on them and killing them that way. I have removed mulch from the worst beds and no longer have it around the plants as the slaters were using it as a haven. But there are so many and it seems that they like my food better than the stuff I put out for them. The poison option is looking better with every missing seedling, half eaten strawberry and slater that I see on my food. With Summer coming I will need to start mulching again but know that will just hide them and make it harder to see them. Last year we used lime in a few beds and that seemed to work for awhile but there are now more than ever out there.
I have been battling these slaters for a few years now and I think they are now worse than they have ever been. Hubby says to put poison down and get them back to a manageable level.
A few people have mentioned to us that they use Snail pellets and that it kills the slaters.
Hubby has bought a box. It is tempting. Very tempting.
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