Back in 2008, I started a journey of learning to live with slugs, on Planet Earth, without resorting to killing them. I was a member of another forum then.
I managed to resurrect that thread ... Here is some of what I wrote then:
At long last, I am taking up the slug-snail challenge again. This thread is the resurrection of the "Slugs - Living With...?" thread which got lost in the great Glitch of summer 2008.
The idea I'd like to explore is ways of managing slugs and snails, without having to kill them.
Sure, there are lots of ways of ridding ourselves of them, which involve killing - such as putting down poisonous baits, traps (beer), barriers that injure and kill, and killing by hand, such as cutting them in half with scissors. Am not interested in any of these.
For a start, here is a suggestion that I am trying ATM. Copper tape. Apparently snails get a small electric shock, which deters them from crossing the tape.
Looking forward to lots of input from you all. Remember - solutions which involve killing snails or slugs [by me] are not welcome.
Nevertheless, I don't mind you sharing your ideas regardless. Let's have a good discussion - whatever! End Quote.
Note: this year I have been totally beaten by the slugs on account of all the rain we've had. Nevertheless, with the approach of Autumn, I am considering taking up the challenge of Slug / Snail control once again!
Are you with me? ;D
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2013 10:26:31 GMT -1 by Whisker
Here was one of my first attempts at protecting my crop - beans- from predatory slugs! Reasoning behind this: Copper tape generates a small electrical charge to stop slugs & snails
Here is what I wrote in 2009:
Hi, Guys! Am making haste slowly in the battle against the slugs, snails!
I particularly like this solution, which I partly invented myself!
Materials: Plastic lawn edging - the deepest you can find. Copper tape - self adhesive. (The type with the pinked (zig-zag) edge is the best).
Tools: Scissors, stapler, piece of wooden plank, hammer, little planting trowel (optional).
What to do:
Cut length of lawn edging to make into cylinder large enough to surround your plant, with a little extra for overlap.
Shape into a cylinder to make a "cowl" to surround your plant.
Staple your cowl with about four staples.
Stick Adhesive copper tape fairly close to the upper edge of your cowl - (zig-zag edge facing downwards towards the soil). [If your tape doesn't have a zig-zag edge you can cut a zig-zag onto it with a pinking shears].
Place your newly-made protective cowl down over your precious plant(s).
Using your planting trowel, or piece of stick, take out a little hollow from the soil under the cowl.
Press the cowl into the hollow with both hands - making sure you have room all round on the inside for the roots of your plant.
Place the piece of plank over the top of one side of the cowl, (making sure not to damage your plant ) and use your hammer to bang it down further into the soil.
Do the same on the other side. Fill back the hollow you took out, so the soil is firmly up against the cowl all round the outside. [This is to prevent snails/slugs from crawling underneath the cowl].
Keep an eye out for any snails which may have been trapped inside the cowl before you started and remove them.
Also, make sure there are no overhanging plants from which the snails could gain access that way! Crafty buggers!
Be vigilant! One plant can be demolished overnight!
I think this solution works well. It's not overly expensive, depending on how much you value your plant. [The plants I'm protecting are broad beans. I've lost so much already this year, am taking no risks!]
BTW - there's one cowl (top of pic) with no tape! I had just run out! I smeared that with Vaseline (petroleum jelly) - as an experiment.
There are hundreds of links to do with the subject of protecting our beloved plants from slug-damage.
Here is one that give a closer look at Copper Tape.