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What do you do with slugs/snails once you pick them off your plants?

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MotherOfHobbit Wed 10-Aug-11 13:08:11

I grew up in the country and we used to feed them to our ducks. Now I live in London with no ducks close by and have no idea what to do with them.

I have overgrown gardens on either side of me and mine is overrun so I have to do a regular slug/snail patrol to stop my plants from being decimated.

I've copied a friend of mine and buy very cheap supermarket beer to drown them in but even that is too expensive, and I'm running out of spare patches to bury them in.

Despite the fact I hate them, I can't just throw them alive into the bin in a plastic bag - it seems a bit mean, and squashing is just too disgusting.

How do you dispose of yours? I'm sure I must be missing something obvious.

PPPop Wed 10-Aug-11 13:10:06

I put mine far away from the plants, normally by the fence where I know they won't get squished underfoot and may find some grass to chew on. Knowing full well they will be back in a couple of hours for more....sigh

HarrietJones Wed 10-Aug-11 13:30:49

Chuck them inthe green bin or snails onto next doors(empty house) patio asloads of birds live round it!

MotherOfHobbit Wed 10-Aug-11 19:55:55

I heard snails have some sort of homing sense - I read in some magazine under interesting things for children to do is paint the shells, dump the snails somewhere else and see which ones come back hmm

MynameisnotEarl Wed 10-Aug-11 20:16:03

I put mine in the green bin too - I reckon they'll survive until they go to the recycling centre in the sky smile

Ex monster mother in law goes out into the garden with a pair of scissors and cuts the slugs in half. Or she sprinkles salt on them which shrivels them up and they die an agonising death.

Lovely, isn't she?

dustyhousewithdustypeople Wed 10-Aug-11 20:18:46

I put them on the compost heap where they can be useful, also hopefully there's enough there to keep them busy and stop them wandering back to my plants.

cyb Wed 10-Aug-11 20:19:27

I fling them into next doors garden

I fling them onto the road

HumphreyCobbler Wed 10-Aug-11 20:22:12

I can tell you that putting them in a plastic bag does not work, they just eat their way out of it. Only a problem if you leave them in the porch.

We feed ours to the pigs now. I realise this is not an option open to everyone grin

GlaikitFizzog Wed 10-Aug-11 20:22:48

I chuck them over the fenceblush although, I think my neighbour may do exactly the same thing. Poor snails, back and forth, back and forth. I might just tipex a dot on the next one, see if it comes back!!

HumphreyCobbler Wed 10-Aug-11 20:22:50

I am glad I don't live next door to cyb grin

BeeBopBunny Sat 13-Aug-11 11:18:40

Stamp on them. The birds clear them up when I've gone inside. Chucking them over the fence is misguided mercy - they will just come back again, horrid things!

Pkam Sat 13-Aug-11 21:24:10

Don't really have a snail problem but slugs get trodden on.

The Telegraph had a slug nematode 'recipe' where you put them all in a bucket with some water and some food, covered it to stop them getting out for a couple of weeks and let them form a nematode soup until they all die from bacterial infection. Then you strain the lumps and bodies out, water down the results and put it on your garden to kill more slugs. Sounds perfect...

muminthemiddle Tue 23-Aug-11 00:34:37

I read that they can travel upto a mile per night. Or it might be that they can smell fresh plants from a mile away. I put them in our garden bin too.

inmysparetime Tue 23-Aug-11 06:37:42

I save marg tubs, go on a slug/ snail hunt and pop them all in the tub together. I call it the tub of death. I leave the tub in the garden until it gets too full or smells too "deathy" then put it in the general waste bin. It is cruel but I don't have to watch them die.

giraffesCantChaChaCha Tue 23-Aug-11 06:50:49

oven roast with garlic, yum! wink

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