Just like death and taxes, slugs and snails are a fact of life here in the Pacific NW. While some folks swear by DIY remedies (used coffee grounds, beer/grape juice in tubs) or physical barriers (copper strips), there are often just too many of the slimy critters to prevent the decimation of our beloved plants. Sluggo Plus is safe to use around edible crops but should not be applied within three days of harvest. The active ingredients (spinosad and iron phosphate) are safe around pets and wildlife, but caution in storing any chemical is advised. This granular formula remains effective even after a light rain, but should be reapplied after heavy precipitation or watering.
Pro tip: Don't hesitate to use a multiple prong of attack in the battle against these mollusks. Hand-picking them, especially at night, DIY remedies, physical barriers, and chemicals will help control slugs and snails. One tactic often overlooked is removing materials where slugs and snails like to hide - discarded boards and overturned pots are two favorites. These same hiding places can also be turned into traps. Simply check the underside of the boards and pots every few days and remove the critters!