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    Question Dog-safe Slug and Snail Eradication?

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    Which methods and/or specific products have you found to be the safest and most effective for eradicating slugs and snails from the areas that dogs play and sleep?

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    I heard that plain old table salt kills snails and slugs? That isn't harmful to dogs
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    We drown ours in beer. And the others are eaten by our ducks
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    Wouldn't the dogs lick up the salt...and the beer?! Why would slugs be attracted to salt? Also, salt will badly damage or kill plants, no?

    I'm talking about an area of about 15 square metres consisting of garden beds that the dog has partial access to (but perhaps a trap of some kind could be put out of reach) plus a deck area with full access. Both have been thick with slugs every night just lately. It's gross
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    Snail traps would be the safest. You can buy the plastic ones that you bury in the ground. They have a lid, so the dog would have to be pretty keen to get into them. Or do a google to find out how to make them yourself.

    Which is what I should do! My old dog wouldn't have eaten snail pellets at all, but Banjo might. I did try those pet and bird friendly pellets and found they didn't keep the snails away.

    I am trialling rosemary sprigs around the plants. But don't know if that's working yet...

    And the salt you would use to kill the lugs or snails, not to attract or deter them. So not a preventative measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
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    Was this brought on by last night's story on sunday night about snails and slugs being toxic when ingested? I had no idea they had the potential to kill!

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    You can put out plastic lids like bin lids or bricks and clean the slugs off every day.

    When it rains or just after dusk - go out with a flash light and pick up all the slugs and snails and put them in a bucket of salty water or step on them. If you can dilligently work on reducing the population - it helps.

    I've also heard that large amounts of sawdust, crushed egg shells (though the dogs might eat these) and coffee help deter snails and slugs. I'm really not too sure how reliable that is.

    Salt is bad for most plants.

    I'm tempted to go to the supermarket and get the cheapest ground coffee and make barriers of that, but nothing worked better than going out and harvesting them on a regular basis. A bit like weeding - a lot for the first week or so, and then a little bit often.

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