We rototilled a garden last summer and mulched with hay to knock down weeds over the winter. Now we have a crop of baby sized slugs eating the marigolds and several other annuals and herbs, beans. Mostly immature plants. Some damage to a butterfly bush, but we are not sure it is from the slugs.
They don't affect the mature plants and don't seem to touch the perrenials.
They don't touch the tomatoes.
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If you can't have ducks, then you can try beer traps. Partially bury a shallow tray or dish full of beer over night. Then scoop out the dead slugs in the morning and compost them. Pets like the beer, so I don't use these.
If you need to really blast them, I use ammonium sulfate (horrors, I know, chemicals). Ammonium is a chemical fertilizer, at least it is not a direct poison. It looks like rock salt, costs about the same as rock salt, and has the same effect on the snails and slugs. I use it by the teaspoon in areas where the slugs or snails congregate. In my case I have some cinderblocks piles up that they like. I sprinkle a teaspoon of AS inside each cinderblock hole. Back when I was a chemical gardener, I used AS like a broadcast fertilizer to get rid of snails and slugs. That worked GREAT! But of course now I don't recommend that. But again, at least it is not a direct poison that my children and pets need to be wary of - especially when it is down inside the cinderblock holes.
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