Slugs eating my runner beans!


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I'm at my wits end. I planted out the runner beans this weekend, and put out beer slug traps but they are still eating the leaves!!

Is there anything I can do?

They seem to love the lower leaves. I don't want them killing them!
 

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I haven't tried this but I've read you can put a wood board down so in the daytime they will crawl under the board and attach themselves to it and then you pick up the board and turn it over and there they are. Let us know if it works out.
 
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They do it after dark. Take a torch and a container of hot water, pick them off and drop them in the water. If you hate slug slime wear a disposable glove.
 
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I will look at both options. Right now I've tried to protect the base with fleece. I hope this doesn't stop then producing beans!
 
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I've started some French dwarf bean seedlings and for some reason today a couple of the leaves have almost wilted, gone very thin and handle like fabric..... Its been a hot day I did think perhaps some residue water has burnt on?

Any ideas?
 

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There are now fully organic slug pellets available which contain ferric phosphate instead of metaldehyde.
Does 'Organic' have any meaning anymore? It used to mean either derived from an organism, a living thing, or in chemistry a substance containing carbon, I can't see an iron phosphate fits either of these descriptions. Although there is some dispute about exactly how safe they are they appear to be safer than the old metaldehyde ones, that is really nasty stuff that causes brain damage in mammals.

The makers claim it is 'Safe for wildlife', so does it only kill domesticated slugs? It does seem to be effective in very small quantities, no need to cover the ground in blue spots, three or four pellets in the vicinity of the affected plant seem to do the trick.

Remember it is a bait, it will attract slugs, so try to position it so it will attract them away from your plants rather than towards them. A thin line in a lawn where it meets a bed for example. Slugs and snails love lawns so try to attract them to it and stop them leaving.

I am told it also contains an unlisted agent to make it more effective that may be harmful (EDTA) and does not contain the bitter substance that made metaldehyde pellets unpalatable to other animals. Large amounts of iron is poisonous to other animals from humans to earthworms.
 
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Since they break down into naturally occuring soil elements, they are viewed as organic.

The soil on Cyprus potatoes is red because of the high levels of iron in the soil
 
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The soil on Cyprus potatoes is red because of the high levels of iron in the soil
So is the soil in Devon, but generally iron based compounds are insoluble without a cheleating (Spelling?) agent and will never be absorbed. That's what the EDTA is for.
 

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