HOW TO HANDLE SLATERS.
• Make traps from hollowed out orange halves or seedling punnets filled with potato peelings, to distract slaters from seedlings, and germinating seeds.
• For seedlings, try plant collars (old pots with the bottom chopped out) for the first couple of weeks, or pot on seedlings to establish them before planting out. Once the stems become tougher, they're less attractive to slaters.
• Iron chelate based snail pellets are also effective against slaters and, as they break down, they release iron to feed the plants. They're safer than traditional snail pellets for use around pets, children, and wildlife but they should be stored and used with caution and common sense.
• In larger gardens, rotating chooks over veggie beds in between crops is a great way to clear up infestation and provide your birds with protein.
• A sprinkle of diatomaceous earth will get into their exoskeleton and destroy them also.
• And let us not forget chooks, ducks and quail wonderful insect control from these creatures not to mention what they give back to us, eggs and manure.
Last but not least this is not my recipe it comes from another website but it so makes sense I am including it.
Slug Snail and Slater Trap
• Grab an old sour cream container or anything that will hold some liquid. Dig a hole in the garden where you are planting your seedlings, put container in the hole, put two tablespoons of plain yoghurt/sour cream in
• Pour half a cup of water (hot water in cold weather) into the container
• Stir the yoghurt/sour cream until it is mixed.
• Leave for a week to do its job.
• If you have a pet you might want to put some chook or parrot wire over the top and tuck it down the sides, it's not poisonous but it stinks after a week and dogs tend to put there nose in it.
• After a week tips, the container out (it's about this time when you want to hold your breath, it stinks) and you will see sometimes hundreds of slaters.
• After you tip it out just cover with some soil, the worms will love it.