Re: Introducing garter snakes to eat slugs?
- Native toads would do the job much better. Create toad-friendly areas
and shelters and introduce one or more toads.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "maartendeprez" <maarten.deprez@...> wrote:
> Because of a slug plague, i'm tempted to introduce garter snakes into
> the garden to control the slug population. Some species can survive in
> temperate climate and they are harmless to humans. But i'm unsure
> about their effects on the ecosystem, so i need advice. There are no
> native snakes here (Belgium).
- On Tue, 02 Sep 2008 09:44:54 -0000, you wrote:
>The life cycle of a slug is that the parent of slug eggs coats theThey'd have an awful time trying to find slugs through a couple of feet
>said slug eggs with slime everyday, the hormone in the slime stops
>the eggs hatching, if the parent is killed by nematodes or anything
>else, the eggs hatch and the parent slug is replaced by lots of
>little baby slugs, cunning eh?
>Nematodes only last a short while, handy to time them as your
>seedlings pop up out of the ground if you time it JUST right eh?
>Khaki Campbell ducks are the best sustainable cure for slug problems,
>they eat them all year round.
snow, which we're apt to have for most of the winter.
I think the slugs themselves must hibernate or die, to be replaced by eggs
in spring or something along those lines. We have six months of
below-freezing temperatures. (Northeastern USA).
So I think maybe ducks eat slugs all year round in some places, but not in
-- northern Pennsylvania
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