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How can I stop slugs eating my strawberries?

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Justin starts with ...
One slug can eat a whole strawberry overnight, and I've tried all the mythical solutions such as sawdust, cut hair, plastic barriers, coffee, beer traps, but none of them work (or maybe work on 5% of the population). I've tried going out at night, but it's just impractical to kill hundreds night after night. Has anyone got any better ideas? Thanks!
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Pauline says...
Have you tried pellets? They work well, but if you are not into that type of thing the only thing Ihave found to work has been going out every night with a heavy foot.
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peter says...
try offering them something different.
small plates of dog or cat food spread
around your strawberry patch should
work a treat.
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Eve says...
Diatomaceous earth (not sure about spelling) is supposed to be a natural and effective snail and slug solution.
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Justin says...
Thanks all, will give those suggestions a go. Where can you buy diatomaceous earth, though? Have never seen anything of that name in nurseries, although it may be because I wasn't looking.
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Eve says...
Sorry Justin, I am not sure where you can buy diatomaceous earth but can only suggest ringing a few nurseries. I have not used it but have been thinking about it - have to check first if it can be used with chooks around as I am not sure.

It is apparently made from crushed diatoms (or fossilised marine remains) which under a microscope appear as fine glass-like shards which is what kills the snails and slugs but harmless to humans. Although it is suggested to use a mask when distributing it.

Green harvest talks about diatomaceous earth on their website but don't appear to sell it.
http://www.greenharvest.com.au/pestcontrol/slug_and_snail_info.html


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John says...
The earth is used in swimming pool filters so try a pool shop.
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bob says...
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Yes, Greenharvest does sell DE - we got a bag from them last month.
Bob
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bob says...
From what I've read about DE, it's food grade that is used on plants etc, not the swimming pool grade.
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Ganesh Bhat says...
Application of "Slug and snail pellets" on fortnightly interval works very well. Peter Cundell in ABC tv garden show adviced application of saw dust on a layer of hydrated lime powder will keep off these nasty creatures.
Ganesh.
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Eve says...
Thanks for that Bob. My website searching skills must leave a lot to be desired. :)

Greenharvest are pretty good if you are seeking any sort of advice as well.
Cheers
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Tara says...
if you can have a couple of ducks or chooks - they love slugs!

but i have another question about strawberries:

i bought a strawberry plant from bunnings a few weeks ago and put it in good soil topped with compost, as the instructions said. however, my strawberries are ripening quickly but not growing. they are staying very small, tiny in fact.

is this because they are in shock after i planted them and so haven't grown for a few weeks? or maybe i am forgetting something?
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anon says...
dUCKS OR Chooks also love strawberries.
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Julie says...
If you don't want to use poisons on your garden, Multiguard snail and slug pellets are iron based. So you would be adding a little iron to your soil, but nothing nasty.
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GrowNatural says...
Hello All,

I noticed a few people interested in Diatomaceous Earth. Grow Natural sells natural, untreated, BFA certified, organic, fresh water Diatomacous Earth. We are in Brisbane and are able to sell in any size from 1kg to bulk.

If you have any questions please contact me on gndesales@gmail.com

Regards
Jovian Haidle
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Illy says...
Have you tried pine needles? You can put some around the plants for protection. Slugs hate it, and the strawberries don't seem to mind.
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heartofhush says...
Do not use the swimming pool grade DE.
It is NOT the same product, if you are going to use and or buy DE make sure it is the food grade DE.
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Itdepends says...
Heartofhush- what's the concern with using non food grade DE?- are there chemicals of some sort in it which are poisonous? Most (ok all) of the manure I use on my vege garden isn't food grade- so I'm guessing there must be something else in the non food grade DE which is a concern?

(BTW- really ..... interesting show on TV last night showing a scientist in Japan making artificial meat using protein from bacteria growing in human sewage sludge- akak sh#t burgers. Apparently not very popular yet)
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Julie says...
It's not that there is any real concern, but the swimming pool grade DE doesn't work. The food grade DE has sharp points, which puncture the epidermis of the insect. Don't know how it's done, but the other stuff doesn't have the sharp edges.

I may be oversimplifying, but that's what I was told long ago.
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friendly advice says...
Diatamaceous Earth has two grades:

One is food grade, used in homes under cabinets and kitchen counter tops to prevent insects from entering the kitchen and can be used in your garden. They are safe around pets too.

The second is pool grade, which is toxic to both humans and pets.

I researched these out several years ago for our kitchen upgrade and a good general contractor will be able to advise you on where to get some. Otherwise, just buy it from them if you cannot locate it locally. I hope you have luck in your garden, I just found slugs under my Strawberries too :( I thought the neighbor rabbits were eating them.
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snottiegobble says...
Try leaving upturned plant pots amongst your strawberries. You will find slugs in them every morning! The old terracotta ones work best if you allow some access at ground level.
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Xiem says...
Ground ginger is supposed to keep them away but this may be just another mythical solution.
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Julie says...
I don't grow strawberries in the ground, as we have Portugese millipedes, which wreck strawberries.

I grow in large pots,inside polystyrene boxes (for a bit of insulation). I mix petroleum jelly and copper sulphate and put round the rim of the pots. This keeps the millipedes away, and is also effective for slugs and snails.

See my post from 2009 re Multiguard pellets. They are non-poisonous.
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snottiegobble says...
Yes, I believe there are copper bands or tape available for this purpose!
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adamus says...
I'm with you Julie, the Multiguard pellets do work well. $3.75 from the House of Bunnings.
They're made of Iron Chelates, harmless to animals, who don't seem interested anyway, and they keep away snails and slugs, especially off your strawbs.!!
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Charles cant spell says...
They (multiguard) also knock off slaters, and while some are nice, if you are a mulching organic gardener you will have millions and this 'side effect" is almost better than the main slug/snail target.
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Julie says...
I agree Charles, about the only remedy for slaters available. But Multiguard, for some reason, doesn't mention this on the packet.

Little story: a friend used the M. Guard for snails, and noticed the effect on slaters. When she told me,
I contacted the company, who did a few experiments themselves and found she was right.

But they still don't inform the public! Maybe it has to be registered for that particular purpose?
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adamus says...
Slaters are the curse of Mulchers everywhere.
Nothing nicer than a fresh Strawb from your own patch.
BTW Julie, are they a big company.? I often wondered.
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Aaron says...
Thanks for the info above.

Was just about to ask the forum on how to get rid of the slaters. They have been chewing off my aloe vera leaf stalk.

Cheers!
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Julie says...
I don't think they are really big adamus. A man who used to work for them was a member of our Organic Growers group years back, and gave us a talk on seaweed. That product seems to have been overtaken by Seasol these days.

He was the one who followed up on the slaters.
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jkdf askldf j says...
I've tried sprinkling dried oregano over my strawberry field and slugs dont come anywhere near it
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jkdf askldf j says...
I've tried sprinkling dried oregano over my strawberry field and slugs dont come anywhere near it
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hatchlamm says...
dont plan on harvesting the first year. Best in ground planting.
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snottiegobble says...
There are rolls of thin copper band available that slugs & snails wont ski over!
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Dennbet says...
you can buy it at feed store for farm animal
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Mumma Bear says...
Hi Justin, if you have a farm produce store in your area you can buy food grade D.E. From them.
Maybe an Elders store, that's where I buy mine.
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Petedog says...
You can get DE from any place that sells chicken feed, usually it’s used on chucks for red spied mites.
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fknslugs says...
You can get this earth at pet stores
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