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We moved into a new house last year and it has a gorgeous back yard and lots of pretty flowers/plants but sadly there were slugs galore. YUCK.<br><br>
I did a little research and we did the cheap beer in a pie tin thing and DH would empty it out but that was nasty, too, and he doesn't want to do it this year.<br><br>
I heard about putting copper wiring around but that wouldn't make sense since it is the whole yard (copper wiring sounds like it is best for a specific area).<br><br>
Any other suggestions? Oh - I should mention that they aren't here yet but I would like to fight them off before they do get here and get really bad.<br><br>
(Also, not sure if this is the best place to post this).
 

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How about a pet chicken? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
peace, Beth
 

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A great way to get rid of the slugs is with beer. Just get a cheap container, I used some old tuppaware, and bury most of it in the ground, maybe an inch above ground level. Then fill it up with beer and wait for the slugs to drown them selves. You have to empty it every once in a while and that part is gross as you have a bowl full of slugs marinated in beer (smells yucky) but it works you will be drowning them by the dozens. I figure if you are going to kill slugs it is probably the most enjoyable way for them to die. Better than being shrivelled up with salt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Sorry I guess I should have read more carefully. Try salt just becareful where you spred it as it can damage plants.
 

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Ducks or chickens. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Mulching with bran or diatomaceous earth, although both have to be reapplied after rain.<br><br>
They also don't like the sharpness of cocoa hull mulch, although that can't be used if you have dogs.<br><br>
Bury a small can almost to the rim in the garden and put a small piece of rotting fruit in it. You'll catch more than just slugs, and it will have to be emptied daily, but it's not quite as gross as the beer trap.<br><br>
You may also have more luck posting this in the Digging in the Earth forum.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Crushed eggshells placed around your plants are also supposed to work.</div>
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This is what I always do around my hosta plants. Works like a charm - but not very convenient for a full yard.
 

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The eggshell things works pretty well in small areas. You can also leave boards or plywood (3-5 inches wide and several feet long) in your garden pathways. They slugs will gather on the underside of the board and in the morning you flip the board over in the sun and fry 'em. Mean, but effective, and chem free.<br><br>
Once upon a time I felt bad for them, but they cause so much damage in my yard I feel little remorse...
 

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Not sure if this is the answer you're looking for, but when my brother was little, Mom would send him outside with a salt shaker to sprinkle any slugs he could find. It's not very nice, but pretty effective and doesn't smell.
 

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If you have kiddos, you can turn it into a slug hunt.<br><br>
Some of my fondest memories with my grandpa are slug hunting at dusk when we were visiting. Spotting the slugs and keeping a running count was fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> We'd sprinkle them with salt or Grandpa would chop them in half with his hoe. Granted, it wasn't as fun when we hit teenagerdom, but before then, well, it was a blast.<br><br>
But the salt and hoe are what my grandparents did. Cheap and sorta easy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's a great idea!<br><br><a href="http://mattbites.blogspot.com/2006/05/snails-pace_07.html" target="_blank">Idea!</a></div>
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