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Are slugs good for my garden?

For the past two years we have been noticing an increase in the number of slugs that seem to have some sort of attraction to our garden. From the research I’ve done online, slugs are great food for birds but have no significant benefits in the garden.

We tried some non chemical ways of trying to get rid of them from our garden and haven’t had much success. We have tried salt and stale beer and the slug population continues to thrive. In fact when we stumbled on the slug eggs it was time to look for a better solution.

Ever seen slug eggs?

Slug Eggs

We’d like to try some of the Ortho Ecosense garden products to address this slug population issue, but we’re not convinced that the products are truly earth friendly. The product indicates the active ingredients are:

  • Iron phosphate 1.0%
  • Other Ingredients 99.0%

What’s in the other ingredients? Should we try and avoid using this product in our garden?

7 replies on “Are slugs good for my garden?”

I haven’t seen slug eggs, but I’ve seen slugs, um, doing the act which is necessary to produce eggs. Ick. I’m diligent now about raking up leaves and I don’t use wood mulch in my flower beds so I don’t have as many problems with slugs as I used to. However, they still love to munch on my hostas. I flick the slugs into a plastic container (like a yogurt container or something) and throw them in the trash. I found this link to the ingredients in Ortho Ecosense: http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Product.jsp?REG_NR=04700000065&DIST_NR=000239 Hope that’s helpful.

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