After lots of experimenting, I found many different methods of getting rid of them . . .
Best method . . . purchased organic slug bait and put in jars with holes in the lid . . . placed sideways in areas plagued by the slugs. The method is similar to a roach motel . . . they check in, but don't check out. Be careful using baits if you have pets . . . even if they are organic, they can be toxic to pets. Placing them in jars keeps the pets out of the bait.
Slugs hate scratchy barriers like crushed eggshells, wood ash and coffee grounds . . . they can be used as barriers around infested areas. It is a tedious process and requires reapplication after rain or watering.
It is said that copper strips shock slugs and snails trying to cross them, although I never tried it. Thin copper can be found in craft stores.
There are effective baiting techniques! Lure them and then kill them in soapy water. Another tedious process, but they will gather away from your plants to a confined area where you can easily dispose of them.
They love beer . . . set out in jar tops at night, collect them and dispose in the morning . . . they also love dissolved yeast.
Set out fresh melon rinds and grapefruit at night . . . lures them in just like the beer does.
The baiting techniques can be a problem in you have pets!
We haven't had a problem with slugs . . . it is the grasshoppers that are eating everything in sight. The only way I've found to effectively get rid of them without using pesticides is catch them and stomp them dead. I hate them!
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