|Slug eggs - if you find these in your garden, get rid of them (not in your compost pile!)|
|Getting rid of a slug infestation is no fun!|
|Whole rows of lettuce and broccoli, eaten overnight.|
So, imagine our great joy when Chris discovered that iron phosphate, commercially know as "Sluggo", is a mineral naturally found in the soil and is non-toxic to humans, worms and other wildlife. The iron phosphate is coated with something that is appealing to slugs, and keeps the pellets from dissolving in the rain (it can last up to two weeks for each application. It's also very easy to use -- you just sprinkle a little at the base of each plant, or in the spaces between the plants. When the slugs eat it, it makes them lose their appetites, or binds up their digestion and they die within a few days of eating it. This also disrupts their reproductive cycle as the slugs aren't around long enough to mature and lay eggs so, theoretically, once we bring the population back into balance, we will need to use far less of the product (or none at all) in future years.
|Healthy rows of lettuce.|
If you buy the product "retail" you can expect to pay $6.00 - $7.00 (or even more per pound). We found a wholesale source in Portland, Oregon -- Naomi's Organic Farm Supply -- where we got it for about $3.00/pound (but we bought fifty pounds of it!). We will probably use all but about five-pounds of it by the time we're done applying it, so it was worth it for us to get the larger quantities. (Our garden is 110 feet by 170 feet). We were very happy with the service we received. Here is a link to Naomi's.
|Kept in balance, slugs are a natural part of a garden's fauna.|
"Sluggo" Iron Phosphate BaitIron phosphate (brand name Sluggo), is an organic slug and snail controlling compound that breaks down into fertilizer which has proven itself extremely safe and amazingly effective, even in the wettest of conditions where slugs and snails tend to be most problematic. In fact, based on the copious amounts of positive feedback we’ve gotten over the years, we can say with conviction that this product last longer, works better, and is much safer than the industry standard, highly toxic, metaldehyde.
This product can be used just about anywhere, and up to the day of harvest on crops. To use it, towards evening simply scatter the plastic-like granules on the ground or in the pots/benches where slugs and snails are found feeding (even in wet conditions). Once they have eaten the bait, they’ll find cover and slowly die. And it is literally as simple as that.