Pest snails and slugs munch on a variety of garden, farm adn orchard produce from salad vegetables to potatoes, brussel sprouts and cereal crops, hibiscus, orchids, apples and pears. Step inside to learn all you ever wanted to know about these slimy pests.
Garden slugs may be slow moving but they are methodical and persistent and a few of them can mow down a garden almost overnight. Various methods can be used to rid the garden of these pesky snails, ranging from handpicking to trapping and placing barriers, to using biological controls such as ducks, beetles and beneficial slugs.
Using metal cans with tight fitting, secured lids, set on a platform off the ground and away from garages or the house will go a long way toward rat-proofing household garbage. Meticulous sanitation in and around the yard, especially under fruit trees or concerning pets, will help close the deal on marauding rats.
Spring operated rat traps are widely available to rid a house, school, or workplace of rats, however proper placement of the rat traps ensures that more rats and mice will be caught. For best results, bait the rat traps with pieces of hot dog, bacon, liver or a trail mix of fruit, raisins, marshmallows or peanut butter rolled in oats. Or bait the rat trap with whatever the mice or rats have been gnawing on in the cupboard or attic, since you are probably going to destroy it anyway.
Available in liquid (to be sprayed) or dust from nurseries, garden centers and online, Copper is a natural fungicide that will control a wide variety of diseases on vine crops such as melons and cucumbers in addition to potatoes, tomatoes and roses. Specifically, Copper is effective against leaf spot, anthracnose, black spot on roses and tomatoes as well as downy and powdery mildew.
Copper can even be combined with rotenone and used as an insecticide.