Slugs and snails are a real disaster for the garden. They live everywhere where high humidity, heat and power sources are available. And these mollusks give preference to succulent plants, eating both leaves and fruits: strawberries and strawberries, cabbage, salads, peppers, cucumbers, and even carrots and potatoes.
In addition to the areas where crops grow, these pests live even in cellars, where brazenly spoil folded vegetables and root crops.
How to deal with slugs?
There are several ways that experienced gardeners and gardeners are advised to use.
For the expulsion or destruction of slugs it is recommended to use:
- manual collection of pests;
- trap with bait;Spraying
- dry mulch;
- barrier barriers;
It is very important to start a fight with uninvited guests in time, otherwise they can breed in the area so that it will be rather difficult to get rid of their invasion.
Manual collection of slugs
This method is quite time consuming. Moreover, the mollusks come to “hunt” at night, and it is inconvenient to collect them at this time of day for many reasons.
But if it is decided to fight in this “old-fashioned” way, then here is the advice of experienced: you need to collect slugs in a bucket, where a little water is poured into the bottom. You can add poison to it so that captured mollusks cannot crawl out while the process of collecting the rest of their relatives is conducted.
To facilitate the work, in advance in the evening, next to the beds, water a piece of land and cover it with a piece of slate or a board. Slugs will gather there in large quantities. It will only be necessary to raise the “trap” and transfer the pests into the bucket.
revival Spices against slugs
Modern gardeners to this method are in doubt. However, old-timers claim that it helps. They say that scattered on the territory of the beds of spices scare nasty voracious mollusks.
You can use:
Traps with bait
That's the way to be called humane! Pests are dying because of their greed. Play on the "low instincts" of mollusks - you do not want to poison a living creature with toxic chemicals.
All you need to do is dig a plastic container filled with. .. beer in the ground. Only it must be ensured that the edge of the bottle is flush with the surface of the earth, otherwise snails and slugs simply cannot overcome the barrier.
They also construct traps from plastic containers by inserting two parts into one another in such a way that the entrance is in the form of a funnel. At the bottom of the bottle put a bait, for example, mashed berries or grated carrots. Pests crawl on the delicious flavor, penetrate easily inside, and can not get out.
Adore slugs of cornmeal. But, apparently, they can not stop and devour it, immediately dying. If this bait is poured into the container by laying the dish on its side, in the morning you can gather a number of dead mollusks.
The market offers a wide range of different means of dealing with all sorts of pests. They are supposed to spray vegetables and berries, leaves of plants. However, there is no guarantee that these chemicals will not enter the human body due to non-careful washing of the products or due to the fact that the plant itself absorbs them.
Do not use very actively to combat pests crop poisons. This can cause harm to those who will eat fruit. Also, chemicals penetrate the soil, change its composition, kill microorganisms and beneficial insects.
Therefore, it is better to use natural repellents of slugs and snails. These are infusions of bay leaf, garlic, sage, thyme, lavender. They are prepared simply: the grass is poured with water for the night, and in the morning they are sprayed with plants. Instant coffee is an excellent tool. It is diluted with water and also treated.
Do not like pests and smell of ammonia. The liquid ammonia added to the water for spraying in the ratio of 1 to 6 will scare away the glutton from the vegetable garden. In addition, this solution will kill the larvae of slugs, which they have already managed to postpone next to the stems of plants.
Dry mulch against slugs
The method is simple, but requires accuracy and patience. In order for the pests not to get close to the plants, after watering, the summer resident should thoroughly sprinkle damp earth with dry sawdust, fine gravel, sand, wood ash, tobacco dust, straw.
A good effect is achieved if the approaches to power sources are blocked with crushed egg or nutshell. Only one natural question arises. .. And if the area of landings is large enough, where can we get so much shell, even if it is nut, even if it is egg-shaped?
But replacing the shell with a shell rock is an idea that will be better! To get it in large quantities is much easier.
Barriers between the beds
A natural feature of the mollusk is that it moves, crawling along the surface on the belly. And it is this creature is quite gentle. Having made the aisle with boards or pieces of roofing, the gardener will block the pest approach to the harvest.
There is another option - to protect the beds with a low, but sharp barrier from metal or plastic plates. Dug into the ground and rising only 2–5 cm above the surface, they will not allow pests to be harvested. You can make a "fence" around each bush. But this is not always possible.
Some cut plastic bottles along and lay them out on the trails. You can even pour water into them for loyalty. Slugs will not be able to overcome such a barrier.
Frog and toad at the cottage - to luck!
And this is truly so. And all because these most useful creatures will destroy not only slugs, but also numerous harmful insects, their larvae, caterpillars and even mosquitoes. In order for such free defenders to settle in the country house, you need not only to bring them to your new residence, but also to equip for them a small pond. It is enough just to place a basin of water in a secluded cool place or to dig another container into the ground.
Hedgehog solves the problem - eat all the slugs in the country!
Not all frogs and toads seem to be pleasant creatures, although in vain. But hedgehogs are touched by almost everything. Well, there are pluses here.
Anyone who starts a couple of these thorny forest dwellers on his plot can sleep at night - instead of them, small crop protectors will fight with slugs. And do not worry about the fact that hedgehogs will ferment on vegetables or berries. In fact, they do not have any weakness for vegetarian food, because they are predators. In their diet, apples and cabbage can enter only in the case of the most severe famine.
There are also disadvantages to this method. Since hedgehogs are predators, they can cause damage to the dacha's owner if he breeds poultry. Chickens, ducklings, goslings may well become their prey, especially at night, when adult birds sleep and see nothing in the dark.
Beekeepers can also harm the hedgehogs. They adore insects! Therefore, sometimes hedgehogs climb under the hives, jump, hitting their backs against the bottom, which frighten the bees. And when insects crawl out of the entrance, predators deftly deal with them.
These are the options for protection against slugs and snails offered by experienced gardeners. The gardener and the gardener should choose the most suitable one independently, based on their preferences, possibilities and understanding of the problem.
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