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    Default What's your top tip for pest control

    Just thought I would ask you your top tip for controlling garden pests?

    I use nematodes to control slugs in my brassicas tunnels, I have tried the grow your nematodes method but found it useless.

    What's you top tip?





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    Yes, me too! Without nemaslug, I don't think I'd be growing much veg, I have that many slugs here. Nemaslug takes the numbers down dramatically, and at home I treat every year, but on the plot I don't have to do it every year.
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    Call them rude names?

    Actually, I don't do much at all. Never used nema-things.
    I suppose my top tip is - it happens, don't worry about it.
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    I must be fortunate as I don't have a huge problem with bugs or slugs, maybe move further north? When I lived in England I found beer traps worked...………………..caught me every time.

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    I generally let the pests and predators fight it out among themselves. My garden is too small to have much of a problem. Any slugs I find are re-located to the dalek.
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    Well it's not such a good idea to use snapper traps in the green house....or perhaps I shouldn't go in there in slippers

    I always have trouble with mice/voles etc I cant use the greenhouse to start peas or beans off ever.
    I get a lot of Woodlice that nibble seedlings- I just squish everything I see

    I try to plant extras or cover over stuff at night with trays / fleece etc.

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    We have voles and field mice galore, but that's part of the fun of being in the countryside. Hibou (cat) eats about 20 a day and we have plenty of owls and I keep thinking we should put up a couple of owlboxes.
    The one thing I do actively do against pests is use fleece over my carrot bed. It stays there most if the year and certainly makes a difference as well as bringing the plants on with the added warmth.
    We also put fleece over the brassicas to try and keep off the butterflies. I don't like netting anymore as we've accidentally trapped birds by their feet and hedgehogs before now.

    Soapy water on greenfly and blackfly does help if caught early, but I prefer Scarlet's 'squish method'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Well it's not such a good idea to use snapper traps in the green house....or perhaps I shouldn't go in there in slippers
    I tried them and caught a frog , so stopped. Also worried about catching robins, which often come in. You could try them in boxes. I might do that as I would like some Cape gooseberries this year.
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