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Thirteen ways to Stop Slugs
"There Must be THIRTEEN Ways To StopYour Sluggies"

Question. Mike: How do I rid myromaine of those pesky slugs? They have invaded my 1st ever crop oflettuce!                                             
            ---Donna inWoodstown, NJ

We planted hostas in the garden in back of our brownstone and nowthey're covered in holes. We've seen a few slugs in the area, so we'reguessing it must be them. We've got pets and a toddler so want to treatthe problem organically. Any "eco-friendly" advice on how to get rid ofslugs?            
            ---Hannah inBrooklyn, NY

…Help! Do nematodes work on slugs? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,                       
            ---Karen inIowa

What is the best way to control slugs in vegetable gardens?
            ---Eileen inAnchorage

What's eating my basil before I can? The leaves are half gone already.I don't see anything, but I'm going to try looking when it's dark tosee if slugs are the culprit. If they are, is beer an OK organicsolution?                            
            ----Colleen inSpokane WA

Answer.    Thank youladies! Your varied locales—East, West, smack in the middle, andAlaska—should help reassure all of our mollusk-munched listeners thatslugs are a universal problem. And yes—unexplained, raggedy-leafeddamage occurring overnight in your garden is likely slugs. Go out witha flashlight around midnight to confirm this—and to get REALLY grossedout.

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