Fight nudibranchs - 7 tips

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Nudibranchs are so small animals that nobody really wants in the garden. So here are 7 tips on how to fight nudibranchs.

Slug pellet is also toxic to pets

Nudibranchs nibble on almost everything

Nudibranchs do not just look unappetizing, but they do not have any scruples on our plants. The number one enemy is the "Spanish slug", which continues to displace our native nudibranch species from year to year. Preferably, all types of lettuce, melon and pumpkin plants, but also small perennial plants, petals such as tagetes and the like, are nibbled on. At the same time, the nudibranchs leave in their garden raids even incalculable traces of slime, which many gardeners perceive as extremely disgusting.

Like all pulmonary snails, these are also hermaphrodites and can multiply rapidly, especially in warm and humid weather. Since the slime of the Spanish slug is particularly bitter, this nudibranch is usually left by natural enemies such as common toads or hedgehogs. On the other hand, running ducks and other domestic ducks like to access.

However, since not all of us can hold ducks in his garden, other means must be found to get rid of the plague. Try the following tips. With these you can fight snails in the garden.

Fight nudibranchs - 7 tips

Tip 1 - Slug grain:

As an effective method, the spreading of poisonous slug pellets is described. However, this measure is not recommended if you have pets - e.g. Dogs, cats, etc. that could come in contact with the grain. Because then there is danger to life for the animals! Or small children stay in the garden and reach for this poisonous snail-fighting agent!

Important NOTE:
If you do not want to do without slug pellets, pay attention to the packing instructions Slug on iron III phosphate base or slug pellet iron compound. This active ingredient occurs in nature and is therefore harmless both to the garden soil, as well as for all animals. The effectiveness against the snails but is not affected. Recommended for example is this slug product from Neudorff.

Tip 2 - Beer mug:

Without pollutants and completely natural is the use of beer mugs. The greedy nudibranches are attracted to the beer smell immediately and drown while trying to empty the well-filled mug.

For this purpose e.g. Rinse the yoghurt pots, place well in the soil and fill with 3/4 of beer. Many garden owners swear by the use of bitter pils.

Our favourite! Tip 3 - Screw plate & worm fence:

In the specialized trade meanwhile special wedge fences and / or Schneckenbarrieren are offered, which can be placed all around the beets. They not only keep snails from getting into the bed, the sheet metal version can also be used as a bed border at the same time.

The worm plate is simply inserted into each other and then into the ground. That looks pretty good, at least I think so.

Galvanized screw plate

Screw plate set

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Snail plate moss green

Galvanized screw plate moss green

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Snail fence with copper band

Snail fence with copper band

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The worm fence is made of copper tape. Also a metal that snails do not like at all. You avoid the contact with it and therefore make an arc around your bed. Both variants are in my opinion very effective and also environmentally friendly, since no snail is killed.

Tip 4 - Duck keeping / chicken husbandry:

In a large garden you can also use ornamental ducks and bantams against snails. These animals regard the nudibranch as food and thereby ensure their disappearance. At the same time, chickens still lay fresh eggs, which results in a double benefit! With ducks, however, there is an increased risk that they also incorporate a salad from time to time!

Keep ducks or chickens

Tip 5 - sawdust:

But it also helps if you spread dry, coarse sawdust directly in the bed. Nudibranchs do not like the rough granules and usually leave the beds in a fleeting manner.

Tip 6 - Lime:

If the respective garden plants tolerate it, from time to time you can scatter a thin layer of lime in the beds from time to time. Because lime attacks the nudibranch underside. The snails in the garden disappear in no time.

Tip 7 - Collecting slugs:


Of course, you can also collect the unpleasant nudibranchs by hand. Then place in a water bucket (mixed with cleaning agent) and dispose of it after a certain time - can smell quite sensitive!

You can support the collection of nudibranchs by applying a bait. For this is a salad pot. Very often, some nudibranches gather here, which you can easily collect.

Another method that I like to use: Spread large rhubarb leaves around the bed.Their size covers a large area of ​​the earth that remains so moist and dark. A popular retreat for snails who escape the sun during the day! You just have to lift the leaves and can easily collect the slugs underneath.

NEW: Tip 8 - Schnexagon

Brand new on the market, known from the Vox program "Cave of the Lions", is the product Schnexagon. It was developed by the Kieler Nadine Sydow, who do not poison the animals, but simply wants to keep it from reaching the cultivated vegetable patch. For this purpose, she developed an ecologically sound protective coating that removes the adhesive effect of slug mucus:
The protective coating can be applied to any type of barrier and is durable there. No matter whether this protective barrier is made of wood, metal, plastic or glass. Simply paint the colorless Schnexagon after a short time and snails will no longer be liable!

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