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Slugs and Snails in Ontario?


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Dianimal30-Mar-04 11:43 AM EST 8   
Dianimal30-Mar-04 11:44 AM EST 8   
Nancy30-Mar-04 03:36 PM EST 5   
Wendy Miller31-Mar-04 08:03 AM EST 3   
Dianimal01-Apr-04 10:04 AM EST 8   
Ann07-Apr-04 04:32 PM EST 5b   
Stefi08-Apr-04 12:11 PM EST 5b   
09-Apr-04 01:03 PM EST 5a   
mary marshall09-Apr-04 02:47 PM EST 5b   
mary marshall09-Apr-04 02:47 PM EST 5b   
Nancy12-Apr-04 02:52 PM EST 5   
Larry13-Apr-04 07:47 AM EST 6   
Nancy13-Apr-04 02:33 PM EST 5   
Dianimal18-Apr-04 12:21 AM EST 8   
Nancy19-Apr-04 01:58 PM EST 5   
Rocks20-Apr-04 06:59 PM EST 6b   
Emily 21-May-04 08:16 AM EST 6a   
Wanda25-May-04 04:42 PM EST 7a   
GardenGnome04-Jun-04 09:07 AM EST 6a   
Valerie04-Aug-04 08:18 AM EST 5a   
bglads04-Aug-04 08:14 PM EST 6   
Lynn07-Sep-10 10:51 AM EST 6   


Subject: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Dianimal
Zone: 8
Date: 30-Mar-04 11:43 AM EST

Can any Ontario gardeners satisfy my curiosity?

Slugs and snails are probably the #1 pest in gardens here on the West Coast. Are there any significant slug and snail problems in Ontario? If so, how bad, and whereabouts?

Thanks in advance,

Diane.


Subject: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Dianimal
Zone: 8
Date: 30-Mar-04 11:44 AM EST

Can any Ontario gardeners satisfy my curiosity?

Slugs and snails are probably the #1 pest in gardens here on the West Coast. Are there any significant slug and snail problems in Ontario? If so, how bad, and whereabouts?

Thanks in advance,

Diane.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Mar-04 03:36 PM EST

Slugs (and snails to a lesser degree) are certainly considered a major annoyance here in Ontario, but not likely on the same scale as for BC. For starters, they only get about an inch long.

I mainly have problems with them munching my hostas and a few other plants in my shade gardens. Anything in the hot dry areas is pretty safe.

There's always lots of discussion on controlling slugs. My current favourite is a combination of using copper collar for the hosta plants and the Safer's non-toxic slug bait.

Now if I could only find some good, safe controls for the caterpillars, lily bugs, earwigs, grubs, rabbits, skunks, raccoons and deer ..............


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Wendy Miller
Zone: 3
Date: 31-Mar-04 08:03 AM EST

I still use crumbled egg shells and my slugs do not like crawling over them to get at the base of my hosta to climb it. They can't jump up to the leaves so as long as I encircle the plant with the shells they leave my hostas alone. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Dianimal
Zone: 8
Date: 01-Apr-04 10:04 AM EST

An inch long?!?!? Our baby slugs are bigger than that. Why, children's favourite sport hereabouts is saddling up and riding wild slugs... ;-)

I use copper rings in the garden proper and attach copper edging to raised beds and containers to fend off the gruesome gastropods. I considered using the iron-based slug baits when they first cme out, then I read the MSDS for these products and decided against them. (http://www.bioscape.com/sluggomsds.pdf)


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Ann
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-Apr-04 04:32 PM EST

Ha ha... Since we have had some wet summers here in Ontario, our slugs have thrived. (Along with the earwigs) Get some frogs and toads in your garden, they love the slimy things.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Stefi (shag73@hotmail.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 08-Apr-04 12:11 PM EST

I'm in South West Burlington and I find my biggest problem to be snails, not slugs...I don't know what type they are, but they're the ones with the black and yellow shells. Last year they ate everything, my Hollyhock, Delphiniums, Hostas, etc... We had so many of them I swear I could hear them munching away through the night.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From:
Zone: 5a
Date: 09-Apr-04 01:03 PM EST

Hello,

I'm new here & so this is my first post. Are there climbing mini roses?

There is something called ( I'm not certain of the spelling or pronounciation) diotenachous earth , I'm certain you all will be familer with what I speak of. Apparently it is very good for keeping earwigs out of your home, just sprinkle it on the basement window sills inside & out, around the edge of the basement floor & along the outside edge of door sills.

Most Gratefully Marie http://www.keepcanadawarm.com


Subject: RE: Green Lawn
From: mary marshall
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-Apr-04 02:47 PM EST

What fertilizer should I use for green grass


Subject: RE: Green Lawn
From: mary marshall
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-Apr-04 02:47 PM EST

What fertilizer should I use for green grass


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 12-Apr-04 02:52 PM EST

Hi Marie,

Welcome to the Forum!

There apparently are miniature climing roses. Check out the rose list at Lamrock's Little Roses: http://www.lamrockslittleroses.com I suspect Pickering Nurseries might have some too, as they're one of the biggest in the area for roses, but they don't have a website. Used to have one of their catalogs, but gave it away to my best friend. I'm not a rose lover myself, so can't make any specific recommendations.

I use diatomaceous earth too, but mainly to control ant hills. Must give it a try on the earwigs.

One other suggestion...... I'd really recommend if you have a new question, that you post a brand new message with your own topic line (see the bottom of the General Discussion page). That way you're far more likely to get a quick answer. I only revisited this thread to see where the slug and snail discussion wound up.

Good luck with the roses!


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Larry
Zone: 6
Date: 13-Apr-04 07:47 AM EST

I have a fairly large hosta bed and I've had problems in the past with slugs. I've used a variety of bait etc. I've heard about a mixture of water and ammonium at the beginning of the season. Any ideas as to what the recipe is and also what are copper rings? Thanks


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 13-Apr-04 02:33 PM EST

Hi Larry,

I'd heard about using an ammonia solution, too, but haven't tried it. I'm not sure if that's used only as a direct spray, ora soil drench. Maybe there's someone out there with some experience with it.

As far as copper rings are concerned, I bought some copper strapping from the electrical section of the hardware store and cut it into lengths just long enough to use as a collar around the base of the plants. It was a little pricy, so I just used it on the varieties that have been the most susceptable to slug damage. It seemed to work, but I'd like to test it out with a wetter season than last summer before making a bigger investment in copper. Copper is supposed to work as there's supposed to be a small electical current when the slugs touch it that they don't like.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Dianimal
Zone: 8
Date: 18-Apr-04 12:21 AM EST

RE: diatomaceous earth: I used it until I discovered it kills earthworms and ground beetles. :-( So that's off the list.

RE: Copper for deterring slugs and snails: It works. There are two comercial products out here sold in garden centres. One is a repackaged copper electrical tape, very very thin copper and very expensive. The other is a plain copper strip sold in 8-foot lengths. This is much more reasonable in price and much heavier gauge (and no sticky backing!) so it's more versatile.

I use the latter and it's very effective. We have it round the planters and raised beds, and it works great.

I dunno about using copper strapping - seems it would be a bit narrow for the purpose, at least for slugs out here, for sure! They could just arch over it.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 19-Apr-04 01:58 PM EST

The copper strapping I'm using is about a half an inch wide and quite substantial. In contrast, a friend of mine used loops of fairly fine copper wire, which she reported worked quite nicely.

I would expect that the size ratio of the wire to our slugs would be about the same as the strapping to yours.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 20-Apr-04 06:59 PM EST

I thankfully don't have any problems with slugs eating my hostas, even tho they're around (thanks to a good resident toad), but I have made a discovery that seems interesting re: slugs. Last year, we had some macintosh apples that were starting to shrivel up, so my husband cut them in half and threw them out on the lawn for the birds. A few days later, I noticed the birds weren't eating the apples, but they were covered in slugs and the slugs were dead. Seems they were attracted by the scent of the apples,and when they crawled on/ate them they died. Could it be the acid in the apples that did the trick?


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Emily
Zone: 6a
Date: 21-May-04 08:16 AM EST

Has anyone else seen any really large slugs this spring in Toronto? I had one on my back door last night that was at least 6 and a half inches. It had a leopard pattern with a raised line on the back from about an inch of it's head. It had really large breathing holes. I have been to BC and this would be considered a small slug. I have never seen a slug like this in Toronto. I have been here for 37 years and lived near the water for most of my life. Now I am in central Toronto and I was amazed at the size of this creature.


Subject: Re: Yellow leaves on tomatoes
From: Wanda
Zone: 7a
Date: 25-May-04 04:42 PM EST

we are very dry here in S.E. Okla, only 1.5 inches of rain this month of may. My tomatoes have yellow leaves on the bottom, could it be that I am watering too much, I water them every am for the dirt is so dry. Can anyone tell me why the leaves are yellow at the bottom. Thank you


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: GardenGnome
Zone: 6a
Date: 04-Jun-04 09:07 AM EST

Instead of diatomaceous earth, you could try wood ash from the fireplace. Just sprinkle a band about 2" wide around the base of the plant. Slimy critters don't like crawling over it because it's sharp and abrasive on their tender skins. The major drawback is that you have to replenish it after a rain.

Cheers G


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Valerie
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Aug-04 08:18 AM EST

This is for Emily back on May 21 regarding the GIANT SLUGS - I too have these in my garden, sometimes as many as 10 per evening. Great huge things. I've never seen these great beasts before! Does anyone know where they are coming from? How does one eradicate these giant things? They are everywhere, on the doors, walls, porches, in the composter, slithering across the patio - they are very gross!

Thanks for any insight here!

V.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: bglads (bob.gladish@sympatico.ca)
Zone: 6
Date: 04-Aug-04 08:14 PM EST

Snails, not slugs, here in west Hamilton (Dundas). They are not usually much of a problem, with our usual hot and dry summers, but they seem to be noticeably worse this year. Still, other than a few Hostas,not too bad. I used to have a million slugs in North York - handpicked them, then stepped on them - good riddance.


Subject: RE: Slugs and Snails in Ontario?
From: Lynn
Zone: 6
Date: 07-Sep-10 10:51 AM EST

We saw the first one that is 5" long, rather beige in colour. A week later it hadn't moved but had spots on it. Trying to find more about these and whether to worry about them or not.


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