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Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn't: By Barbara Pleasant Last fall, MOTHER EARTH NEWS launched our Or...

Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn't: By Barbara Pleasant Last fall, MOTHER EARTH NEWS launched our Or...

took top honors as the most bothersome pest in home gardens, with 55 percent of respondents saying the slimy critters give them trouble year after year. Handpicking was highly rated as a control measure (87 percent success rate), followed by iron phosphate baits (86 percent) and diatomaceous earth (84 percent). Opinion was divided on eggshell barriers (crushed eggshells sprinkled around plants), with a 33 percent failure rate among gardeners who had tried that slug control method. An easy home remedy that received widespread support was beer traps (80 percent success rate).

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