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Re: Treating slugs with ammonia

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>Use a solution of 1 part ammonia to 6-8parts of water. This dilution 
>not damage your foliage. I prefer a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4-5 
parts of
>water since my soil is naturally alkaline and the vinegar atleast 
>acidifies my soil.I have been spraying at the base of my plants as the 
>hide in that area during the day and I have found their eggs in the 
soil in
>that area as well. As the soil warms(now) the eggs are hatching and I 
hope to
>get the little suckers before they get bigger at my hostas' expense!
>If you have reservations about using either solution , try using them 
>prior to a rain. They work rather quickly on the slugs but should be 
>likely to harm the foliage of the plants. Full strength of either 
>will quickly turn your leaves to compost material.
>Good luck and keep up the battle,
>Zn6 and spraying
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Ammonia 1 to 10 seems to work up here in Ontario.  Direct contact with 
the mollusk must be made and some have filled a back-pack sprayer and 
done all the crowns just as the leaves emerge to catch the litle 
critters.  Your suggestion of applying just before a rain will dilute 
the spray after it had done the trick so re-examination after the rain 
might turn up a few who escaped and you could get them then.

Bob Leask

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