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    Question Feeding Slugs To Neps???

    My greenhouse is kept pretty wet / Bark covered floor
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    At night it's Slug Fest in there

    Although they don't seem to bother my Neps
    At least I don't see any chew marks on any of them

    Unfortunately i can't say the same about other plants in there

    As of right now I just go on my nightly slug smashing missions
    But I think it's time to get some slug bait

    But before doing so
    I was wondering what your thoughts were on feeding slugs to Neps
    Some what smashed so they wouldn't slither out / LOL

    Good Idea / Bad Idea / No Idea / Whatever
    ???

    Just Wondering

    DC

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    Couldn't hurt, worse thing that would happen is you lose a pitcher. Slugs are probably pretty nutritious, I know every lizard I've had loved a good slug.
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    I once fed a worm to a Nep pitcher; let's just say putrid doesn't even begin to describe the smell that developed a few days later. And it really didn't do anything special in terms of fertilizer (that's I could see at least).

    If you're just trying to get rid of the slugs beer works very well. Take a small bottle, cut the top 1/3 off and turn it upside down into the bottom 2/3. Add a little beer in the container and slightly bury the bottle. Leave it overnight and in the morning you should have a good amount of them in there. If you put to much beer though they'll drown (or get Alcohol poisoning, I've yet to determine which). By putting just a little bit you can just let them fall in there and throw them outside in the morning.

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    The plants i have sitting on the ground catch them all the time. They just fell in the pitchers and drown...at least some of them do. No bad effect on the plants.
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    I fed a small slug to one of my first vfts... The entire trap rotted off, and with it, the plant after a week. I try to avoid things with slime...
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    I fed some snail eggs to some of my small (3" diameter plants not-including pitchers) nepenthes and they're doing great.

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    My nepenthes outdoors catch alot of slugs and big snails.
    It depends on how big the trap is and the amount of fluid in it, bigger pitchers tend to be able to break down the slug better with less smell.
    Not sure how well it works as "fertiliser" but i guess its still food for the plant

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    I once fed a worm to a Nep pitcher; let's just say putrid doesn't even begin to describe the smell that developed a few days later. And it really didn't do anything special in terms of fertilizer (that's I could see at least).

    If you're just trying to get rid of the slugs beer works very well. Take a small bottle, cut the top 1/3 off and turn it upside down into the bottom 2/3. Add a little beer in the container and slightly bury the bottle. Leave it overnight and in the morning you should have a good amount of them in there. If you put to much beer though they'll drown (or get Alcohol poisoning, I've yet to determine which). By putting just a little bit you can just let them fall in there and throw them outside in the morning.
    I had a pretty large slug population last year too

    the beer method works really well, i used empty tuna cans, first time out they were literally full of slugs.

    Salt also works :P, if you like to watch them bubble up and dissolve, though this is spot treatment

    Be warned when feeding slugs to my plant, i probably dumped 20+ slugs into my N. caesar pitcher, not all at once but over time. I did cut the pitchers off before i brought it back in the house, it smelled horrible

    I also didn't see much of any benefits from it maybe the pitchers caught a few more bugs because of the smell, that was probably it,

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