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Post by freecycle_rabbit on Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:57 pm

Hi everyone,
I have a problem with slugs. My bunny boy is an outdoor bun, and has a large run which is a section of our large garden fenced off and a very large hutch.
Our problem is the slugs LOVE his food Sad every night when i go out to shut him up for the night his bowl is covered in slugs !! We have tried copper strip all the way round the door, and there is no way for them to get in without crossing the copper however it doesn't seem to have made any difference and i can see their slime trail crossing the copper!
has anyone else got this problem and how do you deal with it in a bunny/wildlife friendly way?
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Post by Thumper2001 on Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:20 pm

I have heard the copper doesn't always work.

Sorry, I've got no other suggestions Hmmm
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:49 pm

With Holly being indoors hun I don't have that problem but I hope you find a solution soon.  Please whatever you do love, don't put salt on them (I know you wouldn't anyway), it is a horrid torture.

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Post by c.bolduan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:39 pm

Unless you want to go down the horrid route of effectiveness ie salt, beer or something else that kills them I can only offer a second hind tip from a friend who is a landscape gardener. Put alu kitchen foil around the rims of the dishes slugs don't like it, but I'm not sure whether it's a good idea if bunnies would nibble on it. Up the puzzle monkey tree.confusedSuspectscratch

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Post by freecycle_rabbit on Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:58 pm

Thanks everyone, i have posted on a bunny facebook page too. Apparently copper wire works when strip doesn't.
It has also been suggested that i use fine mesh wire over the door wire to keep them out. Would work when the door is shut in the eveings which is when we get the most slugs. Maybe a bit of net curtain, then when it gets too slimed up it could be changed... its an idea

No, i wouldn't put salt down Jo, i wouldn't think it would be nice for Tor (now quite frequently known as Dillon) to be walking on salty slugs then washing it off himself, or indeed any hedgehogs (or any other predator come to that) who fancied a slug to eat. Besides salt washes away in the rain...into the grass to be eaten... no, i dont think Salt would be very good.

I will keep thinking any other ideas send them over Smile

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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:13 pm

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Re: Slugs

Post by woodwench on Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:28 pm

If your hutch allows you can get Vasaline and spread a area about three inches wide all round it. They don't cross Vasaline.
Also locating the hutch in an area covered with sharp sand (builders merchants buy) will help.
Oh ... slugs melt away in salt, disgusting and rather cruel.
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Post by freecycle_rabbit on Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:26 am

Vasalene is a good idea Woodwench, thank you will try that.

The run is due for refurbishment, so i will look at putting sand under the hutch when its all re done.

and salt, yes... eww...

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