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Having given the chicken route a try, I'd only suggest it (and likely ducks as well, though I haven't tried them) in the "Bird moat" method where you ring your garden with a bird run, so critters trying to get in or out need to cross the "moat". Chickens certainly eat slugs and snails, but also scratch (dig things up) looking for other stuff, and eat ...


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Ducks are best for snails and slugs, but chickens will work too, and will pick up the earwigs in a heartbeat. Depending on the size of your garden one laying hen may be enough. This will require some short term protection of new plantings, but will actually fertilize your flowers and other shrubs. Another great technique that I have used with success is ...


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Chickens will deal with earwigs, I've heard, but they may also eat produce. I'm not sure about slugs and snails, but I imagine keeping the ground dry and free of excess vegetation might help.


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Slug pellets will take care of the snails and slugs - earwigs are a different matter, they usually nibble on flowers overnight and an upturned pot on a stick or cane with straw in it near their favourite flowers should mean they're in there first thing in the morning. You empty the pots and straw into a bucket of water or the ground and stomp on the earwigs. ...


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I'm with all the people who say it IS the slaters (pill bugs). I'm in Australia, and it is so bad now that my lovely fresh compost is gone within two days of laying it around plants. Gone! Right now I'm trying another method. I have planted and transferred everything into large tubs, which I was carefully ensured were slater-free. I will soon move all the ...


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Hand-picking is always an option, and can get the children involved - as is brushing them into a bucket of hot soapy water (which also works for a thing to pick them into.) I'm not intimately familiar with that particular pest (mostly the darn Japanese Beetles do the destruction on my grape leaves) so I won't venture into recommending organic pesticides ...


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Owl Statues: Did not work for me, at all. The squirrels knew they were fake, and didn't even hesitate to feed right by them. Guns: I don't like shooting squirrels either, but if you're a good shot (like me xD) it's effective. It's more of a redneck thing I guess, and I prefer to get my meat using other methods. Moth Balls: I haven't tried this. It worked ...


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The fruit will have been damaged by something else - the ants are simply attracted by the sweetness inside the fruit, so they're just being opportunistic. Ants may have been present on the tree already for another reason though - aphid infestation attracts them because they like the honeydew aphids produce, but they only go for the fruits when they're ...



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