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I hope I'm posting this in the right place.....does anyone know of a way to deter slugs without harming them? This isn't for a garden, but for my back porch (which is made of cement).....I leave food there for the stray cats in my yard. Every morning their bowls and any remaining food is covered in slime. Sometimes there's dead slugs that have drowned in the water bowl, which I feel badly about. Thanks.....
 

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They say coffee (caffeine) works.<br><br>
Here is an article that gives some details:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/habbage/more.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/habbage/more.html</a>
 

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crushed shells/egg shells scatered around the area work very well...but you have to keep reaplying them. Slugs are a pain to control! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"> they really make me mad!
 

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I've heard that a dilute solution of soap and water (1 tsp dish soap to 1 gallon water) sprayed on the plants repels various things... don't know if it works for slugs.
 

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The soap spray does not seem to work for slugs.<br><br><br><br>
Cold fireplace ashes are said to be uncomfortable for slugs. Copper tape is supposed to give a small shock when the slug comes in contact with it. They are said to not cross these items.<br><br><br><br>
You might try moving the bowls, slugs are creatures of habit as well as scent.<br><br><br><br>
If you plant marigolds in the area they may be more attracted to them then to the cat food.<br><br><br><br>
You could try putting the cat dishes on old tables and put the copper wire/tape around the legs of the tables.<br><br><br><br>
I go on slug hunts. I take a flashlight (some day I will buy a head lamp so that I have one free hand), some wild chopsticks (sticks) and an old bean can. The slugs are easy to find at night. They are usually draped neatly across whatever you do not want them on. Drop them into the can and relocate them. This is disgusting, but if you move them to a place with a dog poop problem they will happily eat that.<br><br><br><br>
Did you know that if you kiss a slug your lips get numb?<br><br>
Wisdom learned from a little boy.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kamila</i><br><br><b>Copper tape is supposed to give a small shock when the slug comes in contact with it. They are said to not cross these items.<br><br></b></div>
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I read a way to prevent slugs from getting on potted plants outdoors is to glue a ring of copper coins around the edge of the flower pot. Copper tape or wire would do the same thing. Supposedly the slugs turn back when they touch copper.<br><br><br><br>
You could do that with your food and water dishes, though you might have to purchase special dishes with straight sides to accomodate whatever copper item you used.
 

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Did you try it yet? did it work? Just curious.<br><br><br><br>
We don't have slugs or snails. This is a good thing, I guess, but I think snails are so cute and I hadn't seen one snail (or slug) in 12 years (we always would see them in the sandbox back in preschool..and they had tricycles and all the little boys would purposely crush them while the little girls cried and chased them and told them to stop) we did some gardening and moved a big container that was sitting on the ground. There was a ton of ENORMOUS earthworms, pillbugs, sowbug, and this one tiny, tiny, tiny little snail. He was so cute. I relocated him to the end of the yard.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know why I told you all that story. I guess it just reminded me when slugs were brought up. But, in case we do ever get a slug problem (doubtful!), I'd like to know if the copper worked.<br><br><br><br>
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Sorry, I haven't gotten to try any of these ideas yet. I was preoccupied with one of my cats who was sick (she passed away on Monday). But as soon as I try something, I'll let you know how it goes. I do occasionally encounter tiny snails on the bowls.....I think they're cute, too.
 
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