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SLUGS! HELP ME!

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  • SLUGS! HELP ME!

    The pasture where my horses are is moderately wet in areas. The slugs are out of control! I can't keep them out of the water tub, they get in their rubber feed pans and dry up in the sun, then I have to flick them out.

    1) Is there concern about the horses' health because of the slugs???

    2) How to deter them from going in the water, or maybe just vacationing somewhere else???

    It's a multiple acre field, it's not like a small paddock.
    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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    Surround the tub with a ring of diatomaeceous earth (purchase at garden store). Reapply after hard rain.

    It shreds their tummies.

    If you want to kill a whole bunch of them, go out in the evening, especially after a rain with a big salt shaker. Salt melts them.
    ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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    • #3
      Beer. In little bowls or plastic dishes you don't mind chucking afterwards.

      Apparently they just loooove beer, and are dumb enough to literally drown their sorrows in it. Had great success with slug problem at my Oma's house with this. She loved her garden, so did the slugs. Set out a few dishes of beer, soon no more slugs.

      And salt.
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      • #4
        A big ditto on the beer. And salt. Yuck.
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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        • #5
          Ditto on the salt and/or diatomaeceous earth. My horses would just drink the beer
          "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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          • #6
            If you have gum tree seed balls, put those around areas where you don't want slugs --- same thing happens as with the diatomaeceous earth --- it shreds their slimy bellies. Beer works well, and putting salt on them, well, it's gross because they slime themselves to death, but can be very satisfying if they are driving you nuts!

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              #7
              Are there any health concerns for the horses?
              "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Donkaloosa View Post
                and putting salt on them, well, it's gross because they slime themselves to death, but can be very satisfying if they are driving you nuts!
                Or driveways/parking areas are lined with about 150 RR Ties. The slugs live in the spike holes etc. After a rainstorm, we go out and kill them. After two years there is a significant decrease in numbers. We make one round, then when the stragglers come out to eat the foamy remains of the first batch, we salt those too!


                Originally posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
                Are there any health concerns for the horses?
                Not that I'm aware of. Just gross and annoying.
                ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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                • #9
                  I hear ducks like them.

                  But as far as I know there are no health concerns around slugs.

                  As long as they are around the water trof, not too bad. I thought they had invaded your garden. They can decimate certain plants!
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EquineImagined View Post
                    Beer. In little bowls or plastic dishes you don't mind chucking afterwards.

                    Apparently they just loooove beer, and are dumb enough to literally drown their sorrows in it. Had great success with slug problem at my Oma's house with this. She loved her garden, so did the slugs. Set out a few dishes of beer, soon no more slugs.

                    And salt.
                    Mom used to by beer for slugs. Since she was a preachers wife the biddys in the store looked shocked.
                    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

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                    • #11
                      When I hear my electric fence shorting out it is usually a slug has crawled up there and fried itself.

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                      • #12
                        You can also put copper banding around water tubs and such. I doubt that the slugs themselves would cause any problem for the horses, since we eat snails without any physical harm. If the dead, dried ones are covered with salt, they might make crunchy snacks for the horses - and they can wash them down with the beer.

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                        • #13
                          Health concerns

                          My horse got Potomoc Horse Fever last fall (rare in my area), and the vet said that the slugs could have passed it to the horse after he ingested one. I had lots of slugs in my pasture last year, and this year is even worse!

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                            Originally posted by cgn38 View Post
                            My horse got Potomoc Horse Fever last fall (rare in my area), and the vet said that the slugs could have passed it to the horse after he ingested one. I had lots of slugs in my pasture last year, and this year is even worse!
                            ^ This is what I was worried about!

                            Can I just buy cheap salt by the bag at like Tractor Supply, and sprinkle it everywhere in the location of their water tub and feed dishes? They are so disgusting.
                            "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                            • #15
                              EEEWWW Jingles for the SLUGS to slim away and DIE !

                              EEEWWW Jingles for the SLUGS to slim away and DIE !
                              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
                                ^ This is what I was worried about!

                                Can I just buy cheap salt by the bag at like Tractor Supply, and sprinkle it everywhere in the location of their water tub and feed dishes? They are so disgusting.

                                Salt does damage the vegetation if used in large amounts. Plus it will disolve rather quickly.

                                However, you won't need THAT much, salt is cheap enough were you can buy a box at the grocery store.

                                Sand, sawdust and copper wire are more permanent.
                                Originally posted by BigMama1
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                                • #17
                                  I found a ziplock bag filled with a beer placed inside of a glass container - like a mason jar and hand picking the slugs worked best.. i would usually use a stick to pick up the slugs and then slide it along the rim of the glass inside the ziplock bag and the slug slides right in. the cool thing is after you have picked the slugs up, you can zip up the bag and throw it out.. leaving beer bowls etc on the ground works, but i found my lab would drink the beer even with the dead slugs in it.. sorry that was just too too much for me.. eewww

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                                  • #18
                                    I used to have the neighborhood kids out slug hunting at dusk armed with flashlights and spray bottles of vinegar. Vinegar will kill them too...I didn't want that much salt in my garden.

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                                    • #19
                                      I've heard pennies work for your garden, I'm about to try it because they are eating away at everything. I wonder if you could take $5 worth of pennies and sprinkle them around. I doubt the horses would eat them.

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                                        #20
                                        Where I would be sprinkling salt I don't care if it kills the vegetation. It's just in their water/feed pan area near the gate. For the rest of the field the horses don't seem to mind the slugs so they can deal with them!
                                        "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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