Snail poison :( :(

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I have lost half my garden this year and really struggling with slugs and snails.

For the first time I just cracked and bought a box of poison. Used it really sparingly in a few key locations, while continuing to collect them by hand as well. This morning I found two dead slow worms near my shed :( I just know I killed them. Beautiful adults :(:( Am so upset and seems like I can't win. I don't even want to kill the snails, I don't want to kill anything. But I've lost most of my young veg, which we grow because we manage to save money in the summer, all my sunflowers, all my marigolds, pretty much everything has been tasted. Just don't know what to do any more :(.
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  • lily117lily117 Forumite
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    Don't feel bad, think many of us are in the same boat. I lost most things last year and well on the way again this year. Have bought a packet of slug pellets myself and don't see any other option as I have also tried all the other deterrents such as the tape and eggshells, grit etc, the pesky things still manage to devour everything.
  • Lotus-eaterLotus-eater Forumite
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    You can get organic slug pellets that are supposed to be safe for wildlife I think. try googling it.

    Please don't tell me this is what you used......
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  • Sambucus_NigraSambucus_Nigra Forumite
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    You can get organic slug pellets that are supposed to be safe for wildlife I think. try googling it.

    Please don't tell me this is what you used......

    Ditto.....
    If you haven't got it - please don't flaunt it. TIA.
  • Soot2006Soot2006 Forumite
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    I've been using the organic ones for weeks - no dead slow worms ... and not much reduction in slugs, either :(.

    I put out a sprinkle of metaldehyde ones. I know they are dangerous and I used very sparingly in hard to reach locations, thinking of birds, hedgehogs, cats, etc ... didn't think of the slow worms, because I've never seen a slow worm in the garden before!

    Got more organic ones now and will continue hand picking them and salting, etc ... ... It's hard not to feel bad. I love the idea of having slow worms in the garden! But I also need to eat this summer and the snails/slugs are taking everything ... Blidding dilemna! Never known them this bad.
  • http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_4031_rid-snails-slugs.html

    Some good tips on here.....if you haven't tried them already.
  • mary-opmary-op Forumite
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    Someone on a radio programme said she uses porridge oats (uncooked I assume) and sprinkles them around the plants at risk. Never tried it -yet but might have a go. We're being attacked this year
    I would be unstoppable if only I could get started !

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  • Lotus-eaterLotus-eater Forumite
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    OP, would you please reply and tell us the type of pellets you used.
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  • laaljockylaaljocky Forumite
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    I also heard the porridge oats idea on the radio and started using them on Monday in the greenhouse. So far they do seem to be working.
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  • EenymeenyEenymeeny Forumite
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    I heard thst the organic pellets contain a lot of bran so that probably works like the porridge oats...
    I have to say that I wasn't impressed with them and went back to the blue pellets :(
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  • Soot2006Soot2006 Forumite
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    OP, would you please reply and tell us the type of pellets you used.

    It's in my second post - metaldehyde
    .... the ones I'd promised myself never to use.
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