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S Usvy
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South New Brunswicker here... I took a peek at our growing little compost heap, and realized what I was looking at - at least 30 slugs happily munching on all the stuff in the bin. And here I was, hoping to see some worms migrating into the fairly new composting area. So before I just accept that slugs are NB's compost worms, are there ways to handle them? I really don't want to be supplementing the local slug population's diet. Some details - the pile is fairly small, only 2 month old, made of scraps from 2 households + dry leaves as carbon material. The structure is made of 4 wooden posts, with scrap 1''x4'' boards on the sides. No bottom.

Don't suggest ducks - I'd love to have the bin as the ducks' breakfast room, but we just moved to this property, have no house, no proper garden, and definitely no pond of any kind. We will get ducks eventually - in a year or two. But right now it's not the solution.
 
John Elliott
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Toads.

You have food for the toads, now you need to make the habitat a little more inviting. Maybe a large dish or pan sunk into the ground to create a water feature for them to mate in. Some pieces of log or clay pot for them to hide under. Don't wait for visiting toads to find these invitations though; go down to a local pond and scoop up some tadpoles to bring back to your water feature and let them become accustomed to your garden.

You have a longer dormancy time for toads up there and we do much further south, but if you get some tadpoles introduced now, next spring when you are planting your garden, there will be a lot fewer slugs to be found.
 
Bill McGee
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"If you don't have ducks , you must do the ducks work". Catch the slugs and put them in a pail of urine, then add them to the pile
 
S Usvy
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Thanks! Not sure what I was expecting, no magic bullets out there, save beer traps (or, apparently, urine?). Anyway, after reading the premaculturenews.org article about the slug pub, we're geared to fight the slimy buggers. Add to that relatives who drink juice out of plastic bottles (required for the traps), and we're just about set to go. As for toads - yes, I'm really looking forward to setting up small water features. Not sure if they'd be freezing to the bottom though, so a little worried about moving tadpoles in. We'll see. House for us, then house for toads
 
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