Slugs and snails

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Slugs and snails are both in the Molluska family, and bother are quite similar except slugs do not have a protective shell.

They move by gliding along a mucous-secreting muscle. They need relatively high moisture and are active only at night or on cloudy days.

Evidence

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  • Leave behind slime trails 
  • Chew irregular holes with smooth edges on leaves

Control

  • Eliminate daytime hiding places. 
  • Consider drip irrigation to reduce humidity and moist surfaces. 
  • Hand pick at night – dispose in a bucket of soapy water. 
  • Copper strips around plants, slugs get an unpleasant sensation and will not across over the copper. 
  • Crush eggshells around plants works well as slugs and snails will not cross over a sharp surface with their soft bodies. 
  • Traps: Up-side down flower pot that they will hide under in the day 
  • Beer/molasses traps: use fresh beer in a shallow container, sink the container in the ground so that they will crawl in and drown. 
  • Iron Phosphate: when slugs digest this, it causes them to stop eating and they will die within a few days. 

Interesting facts

The garden snail can live up to 12 years; slugs only live about two years.

Ordinary garden snails were brought to North America deliberately by the French, as they were an important part of their cuisine. Somehow, they managed to escape and multiplied. So they were brought here to be eaten, but now your vegetables and plants are being eaten by them!