Many gardeners are very uncomfortable with slugs. This is one of the most unpleasant pests. They are often found on strawberries, cabbage, root crops, flowers and other ornamental seedlings
The appearance of these pests in the garden is facilitated by too frequent watering, raw warm weather and too thick planting. There are many people’s ways of getting rid of slugs: sprinkling with bitter ground pepper, lime, the layout between the planting of chips, collection of slugs and their destruction in kerosene. But such methods work until the leaves of the plantations close. After this, it is very difficult to get to the pests.
Slugs: description and habits
On our household plots there is a naked slug. The fight against it is very difficult for a number of reasons. At least because the peak of their activity is at night. During the day they hide in comfortable shaded places. This is vegetation on the ground, cabbage leaves, small clefts in the ground
These pests appear in the last decade of May from eggs that managed to survive the winter in the soil. Achievement of sexual maturity occurs in 2 months. Active growth of slugs is accompanied by eating a huge amount of greenery. Adult pests lay their eggs in debris, in clumps of earth and other cheese places where sun rays do not reach.
How to protect plants from slugs?
Slugs are ways to destroy small plants completely, and large ones that have large leaves, essentially spoil. The main methods in combating these pests are the methods of agrotechnology. What does it mean? It is necessary to weed out the weeds in a timely manner and carry out thorough soil cultivation. That is, avoid creating a friendly environment for the reproduction of slugs
In order to protect plants, you can make small grooves in front of them with ash poured there, bitter ground pepper, tobacco dust or lime. This is a kind of barrier that prevents pests from accessing horticultural crops
It is also effective to use potassium salt, superphosphates and other mineral fertilizers as a dry mixture. But, as a rule, one such treatment is not enough, since pests try to get rid of irritation and mucus production in them increases. And this leads to the fact that the effect of the drug is neutralized. Therefore, for complete destruction, re-treatment is necessary. The interval between them should be at least 40 minutes
No less effective are such tools as “Thunderstorm” and “Meta”. But for the destruction of slugs, it is necessary that the remedy fell directly on them
Using chemicals in the fight against slugs, remember that they can be dangerous for you, and also for the soil of your city. Three weeks before the ripening of fruit of garden crops, the use of chemicals must be stopped
In the period of maturation, it is better to use, for example, a mustard solution. To do this, in 10 liters of water, dissolve 150 grams of dry mustard. The resulting solution can be sprayed on planting. And it is better to do this in the evening, when these individuals creep out of secluded places.
Hot water is like getting rid of slugs
When there are no open areas of land between grown-up crops, hot water can be used as a method to protect against slugs. To do this, you can water the beds with water at a temperature of 40 degrees
For cabbage, water heated to 60 degrees can be used. Under the influence of such a soul slugs perish, and plants do not suffer at all. Carry out treatment better in the evening, when they creep out of the shelter
This method is good for gardeners who are negative about the use of chemicals in their home garden.
Methods of fighting slugs in the garden