1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 6, 2008

:097 Snail Bait

Filed under: :097 NonToxic Snail Bait — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 7:39 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:097 Tip: Many snail baits are extremely toxic to pets, children and the environment. A safer alternative is iron phoshate in pellet form.

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Additional Information

 Sluggo slug & snail bait claims to be the only control product for these pests that is not based on the toxin metaldehyde.

The iron phosphate and slug and snail attractant in this product breaks down into an organic gardening approved plant fertilizer. The label also says it can be used around edible plants right up to the day of harvest. The product label can be viewed at http://www.montereylawngarden.com/products/organic/

 

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April 5, 2008

:096 Copper Snail Barrier

Filed under: :096 Copper Snail Barrier — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:096 Tip: Copper foil tape can be used to protect potted plants, trees and garden areas from encroaching slugs and snails. As they slime their way onto the copper they get a mild shock that repels them. It is important to use uncoated copper and not art copper which has a coating to protect it from tarnishing. The coating prevents the copper from repelling the snail or slug.

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Additional Information

The University of California Davis has an incredible photo of the copper foil being used on a tree at:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/H/I-SM-HASP-TR.002.html

They also have additional information on nontoxically protecting your yard and garden from these pests at: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7427.html

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April 4, 2008

:095 Slugs & Snails

Filed under: :095 Slugs & Snails — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 4:19 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:095 Tip: Slugs and Snails can quickly ruin a garden. Most baits for slugs and snails are quite toxic to pets, children and the environment.

One nontoxic alternative is the beer trap. You can make one by sinking a can or jar up to its rim in the ground then filling it with an inch or so of beer.

Tomorrow I will talk about keeping the slugs and snails out of potted plants.

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Additional Information

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This pre-manufactured Garden Slug Trap uses beer as bait to trap slugs. I’ve used the can method described above for snails and slugs both, but not tried any of the premanufactured units. It doesn’t look like snails would be able to get into it. It is available from Clean Air Gardening.

King County Hazardous Waste Management Program has a pdf on making your own beer trap at http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/publications/SY_SlugTrap.pdf

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