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Snail/slug control - The never ending battle

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by RustyExotics, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Alex Shepack

    Alex Shepack Active Member

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    I'll give those a shot. Do they work similarly to Sluggo as a bait? Or is it just a broadcast spreading where you hope they come across it?
     
  2. spiro K.

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    try using a bait (lettuce works well) in saucers, and "harvest" the snails/slugs at night.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There is no bait in it. The upside of that is it doesn't get moldy and cause problems. Slugs and snails get around pretty well so are apt to come across it in their travels.
     
  4. Alex Shepack

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    That sounds ideal. The Sluggo is a pain because it molds and is so hard to get on each mount. Do you have a preferred brand of granules?
     
  5. Chuck-NH

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    As far as I know, all metaldehyde granules are classified as bait...some brands mold faster than others. You can put them in little saucers and place them near prize Lepanthes. Orcal makes the granules as well as the liquid spray.
     
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  6. Alex Shepack

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    They're all prized! Hahaha.
    The slugs have really wrecked some of the tiny ones, and they seem to have an affinity for any plant that is recovering from a previous assault. I'll take a look for the Orcal Bait.
    Any thoughts on Sevin? It seems like a good option, especially since it may knock down other pests as well.

    Andy had recommended grinding up Sluggo and spreading it across the mounts, but I think because I'm indoors and my mounts don't get flushed like his do that I will get way too much mold that way.
     
  7. Marni

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    I use the 7% metaldehyde granules that have no attractant in them. The downside with them is that if they are sitting on leaves of Sarcochilus or Promenaea they will leave bleach spots. Eric Christenson once described his techique for applying them as flinging them from a spoon while standing back from the area being treated. I use a seed spreader to spread them if I am covering a large space. For mounted plants the granuales will stick pretty well if you water shortly before applying.

    I have used Sevin (carboryl) and it does work. It also kills other insects. The downside with that is it leaves a white residue on the leaves that takes a very long time to get washed off.
     
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  8. Chuck-NH

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    Hi Marni, what brand are you using of the 7% metaldehyde?
     
  9. Marni

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    It comes in a 50 lb bag and I always repackage it into plastic bags so it doesn't loose potency. The bag is long gone, so I can't check it. My recollection is that it is Durham.
     
  10. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I used to carry a product called “Deadline MPs” (mini pellets) that are 4% metaldehyde. They have worked for me.

    I might have an extra 1# tub left over. If I can find it, it’s yours for the cost of shipping.
     
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  11. Alex Shepack

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    Thank you, Ray! I would gladly grab that from you if you have it.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    @Alex Shepack Found it! It's a half pound, not a pound, but that's good for 1000-2000 square feet of growing area. I'll send a PayPal invoice - unless you have a need to order something, in which case I'll just add it to the box at no charge.
     
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    @Marni do you use Sevin at full strength? I've been using it at like 2/3-3/4 strength to be safe with my PNG dendrobiums and am not seeing much difference on the slugs, snails seem to be quieting down. Wondering if you think it's safe to use on these sensitive species at full strength?
     
  14. Marni

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    I haven't been using Sevin lately because of the residue it leaves. I don't think the PNG dendrobiums are a problem. It didn't seem to hurt the lepanthes or soft leaves species in my collection. From my notes, I used 2 gallons concentrate with 456 grams of Sevin 80 wp through the injector pump at 40 to 1. I'll let you do the math.
     
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