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Re: Hot Spots and Fall Slug Control

  • Subject: Re: Hot Spots and Fall Slug Control
  • From: Bill Nash raffi@sympatico.ca
  • Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 09:24:24 -0400

Hi <"Doc-f i l l">

Doesn't *CYGON 2E* <=> kill every living-thing in the soil e.g. beneficial insects like earthworms, etcetera?  Seems to me, that is too much of an over-kill --- don't you think?

You might be better off, to go out there at night, with miner's lamp on forehead, and catch them by hand; and just think of the fun you'll have, creating your own slug-collection for the Robin birdies? <"hehe">

{{B>) /bill nash guelph ontario canada Zone 4
ps...most hostas, produce more leaves than the pests can eat; and in Japan for example, I hear: they prefer to look at a hosta with slug-hole-damage, since that is natural (real-life-like?); and for sure, this hosta is not made of silk (artificial)?

  ...Bird'food!..for thought?

<<-- and regarding original email below -->>
At 03:27 PM 09/18/2002, you wrote:

Hi All: I have a concentrated acre of hosta. I usually dont have a serious slug problem until this time of year--either my guard is down or their numbers  become uncontrollable. I do notice that through the year I have what I call "hot-spots" ie: slug damage in one area of plant grouping but nothing even three feet awa ( regardless of the cultivar types in the area) also slug damage in some pots and none in others. Are these" hot spots" common in everyones hosta garden?
Anyway,the purpose of this posting----- These "hot spots", I feel, is where 90% of the slugs and eggs probably will attemt to winter over. Why not make a concentrated effort to apply your favourite slug bait / control method now ,in these hot spots-----you have a captive audiance. In the past I have just accepted the end of the hosta season and the coinciding beginning of next years slug population.
What to use: as the weather gets colder I suspect slugs will not feed as much and slug egg cant eat---this may negate the use of slug bait. Possible slugacides---soil drench sprays of ammonia ,vinegar ,borax. I will use a localized application of cygon in all hot spots.
Does anyone do this---Does it have any validity?? 
Phil Little   Waterloo Ont.  Zone  5 a/b

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