Slug hunting season
Slug hunting season again, it isn’t too cold to go out with a head torch at night and drown the little slimy suckers in some soapy water. I have read some slightly awful other ways of killing them but soapy water seems quickest to me as they drown. I could also give them to our aquaponic trout tank but would need to store them over night for that as I don’t know if the trout would catch them in the dark and they’d get to creep off again. Not ideal.
For a while, a few year ago, we had what seemed an insurmountable snail problem. Hand control is one of the easiest and most satisfying methods of collecting them. You know they won’t get away. After a few springs of (slightly obsessive) snail collecting with my head torch on, the numbers re now far more manageable. Not many big snails, hardly any of the tiny cone snails and this year the slugs are all that’s left.
I’m also hoping the frog who has taken up residence in the aquaponic bed will eat some of the other pests in there.
Beer traps are surprisingly effective for catching snails and slugs, too. Simply put some beer in a jar or shallow tray so they can easily crawl into it. Check in the morning. Be astonished at how many more slugs n snails came out than you expected!