Tropical Storm Debby brought some much-needed rainfall and a surge in little critters. Within days there was an insane amount of baby toads. In a week, the miniscule frogs started making an appearance and recently, the snails can be seen draped in chains doing their best to propagate the species. We may anticipate a banner year for slug populations, too.
Slugs can ruin root crops, but the damage most seen is defoliation of plants. To protect trees or plant shelves, you can use an Eco-friendly barrier of copper. Slugs and snails will not cross it, because their mucous trail induces a shock when contacting the copper. Snakes, toads and skunks like to eat them (hedgehogs too), so being hospitable to these predators will help. Moats around container plants can keep slugs and most insects at bay (beware of mosquitoes though). Crushed egg shells will deter them and fertilize the soil, too. Wood ashes may also work. Companion planting can repel insects, including slugs. Plants like rosemary and rue, spread throughout your landscape can help. Many folks swear by setting out beer to attract and drown garden slugs. If you’re a beer drinker, then you likely have some on hand. If not, it seems like an unneeded extra expense. If this is your situation, I suggest trying this solution: left over fruit rinds!
From citrus, to melon, to gourds, the slugs are drawn to rest in the cool dark location and can be disposed of during the day. See how it works for you.