Asked March 4, 2016, 3:42 PM EST

how to control slugs on my hostas, we have dogs so I don't want anything harmful to them . thankyou

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

Current research indicates that there is no commercial slug bait which is totally safe for dogs(see here) even iron phosphate which has been sold that way. The best way to keep your dogs safe would be to hand pick the slugs, or if it is feasible, put copper tape around the planting area (slugs don't like to cross copper). You could also put any bait you use in a dog-proof container, if there is such a thing, that would only allow slugs in.