Never tried the copper thing against the enemy before and as of yet still have not, but. . .the tape was delivered very quickly and popped through the letter box whilst I was out. I'm going to try something then report back here asap! The tape is 4 meters long so a fair bit there and very adhesive. I'm using it for around growbags on my patio. I'm going to catch a slug and a snail, won't be too hard once the buggers are out. Then I'm going to make a square shape on the floor out of the tape and put said creatures inside and just watch them to see how they act within the copper barrier and if they attempt to cross it or fail to cross it and if they don't cross then I'll try a piece of lettuce on the outside just to see how tempted they are to cross the copper strip. I will report back and let you know if interested! 3 stars for now until roadtested.
Hello! Test results time! . . . Last night (April 8th)I did indeed capture a few different sized slugs and snails. I put them inside a squared off section of the copper tape to see if they could infact cross the barrier. The snails didn't want to know and were repelled so all good there. However I found something out about the slugs I never knew myself. . . .They were repelled by the tape but tried to cross it by what I can only describe as bridging themselves over it! A slug will try to step over the tape so it doesn't touch it! Clever. Only the larger ones though so I doubled the barrier width. The tape is 3cm wide and so I made it 6cm wide and this did stop all from crossing or attempting to cross! It's just too much even for the kamikaze ones! So in my opinion it does actually work! Hooray! I imagine the tape will oxidise (go rusty) over time so a quick rub down with sandpaper will bring it back upto sheen or wipe over with a little vinegar to hinder oxidation in the first place! The swines usually have a good go at my sunflowers which I grow for the kids and I will do the usual put a cut off at both ends section of plastic drinks bottle over the growing plant in the borders but this time I'm going to put a 6cm copper strip around it just above the soil and this will/should stop them. I'll also be putting a strip around my patio veg and salad pots/containers too. Should be a better crop this year hopefully. Another tip is to mix some salt with vaseline and apply to the rim of any containers too! Good luck to one and all!