Monday, June 23, 2008
Slugs have been eating my dahlias (see the eaten leaves in the photo above). I spent $10 on the bulbs and a good half hour planting them, and I'll be mad if I let those slugs win.
Not being from the region, I had no idea how to make war on a bunch of slugs.
So I did what anyone would do in my situation: I Googled SLUG MURDER.
I got all kinds of interesting and very strange sounding suggestions, from going outside at night with a headlamp and squishing them to spreading the ground with organic sharp things like eggshells and diatomaceous earth (like sand).
The best sounding thing was to kill them with slug killer (available in a variety of forms) but after consulting with my neighbor I decided against that because slug killer as it turns out can also kill dogs and cats (these slugs must be TOUGH!).
A good alternative, I was told, is beer.
So I dubiously went out and set up beer traps. I didn't have any cheap beer so the slugs were going to get my nice local Pyramid Heffeweisen beer, which smelled delicious as I poured it out and laid it around the yard.
As you can see, I caught some slugs! I got 5 total. They are much smaller than I thought they would be. We'll see if I get more tonight. I was beside myself when I saw them, but then I started to wonder... how long can I keep them around in the beer before I have to waste another one of my precious Pyramids and start all over? And how long am I going to have to keep this up? Well unless one of you has some advice (Peggy...? Eric...?), I guess that will have to be my next Google search.