I’ve been told a mild solution of Jeyes Fluid applied six weeks before planting will prevent many of the slugs and other evils that affect my vegetables, mainly potatoes. If true, what’s a mild solution?
It will definitely kill slug eggs – as well as aphids, snails, vine weevils, earwigs, leek moths, leaf miners, leatherjackets, chafer grubs, millipedes, eelworms, capsid bugs (pictured), onion flies, maggots, smuts, neck rot, foot rot, grey mould, blue mould, bacterial rot, white rot, earthworms, ladybirds, lacewings, ground beetles, violet beetles, baby frogs, newts, lizards and mushrooms.
At the right concentration, I am sure it could take out many things, but God knows what that concentration is, because it would be illegal. Jeyes Fluid is a disinfectant for drains and bins, not a pesticide. Soil is a living thing, and once it’s dead, it cannot support plant life. Slugs are part of the living bit; they’re not evil, they just happen to like the same food as you. Six weeks before planting, get drunk with your slugs: half a can for you, half a can for the slugs. Beer traps are legal, won’t harm potatoes and you may even make friends with your enemies.
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