Asked July 8, 2020, 4:14 PM EDT

I have a lot of slugs in my garden. They are on everything. Do I need to throw all of my lettuce away because of rat lungworms or can I just wash it. What about other produce like basil tomatoes, peas and green beans. How can I get rid of the slugs Thank you.

St. Clair County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This is a difficult question. There a many many ways to reduce your slug populations ( non toxic slug baits, removing hiding places (boards,plant debris, mulch), traps,etc.). As far as the rat lungworm is concerned, yes thorough washing should reduce but will probably not eliminate the risk. Check out the following links:

I hope this is helpful,