I'm new here. Please pardon me if I'm asking in the wrong forum. I did scan the choices, and this seemed to be the best forum for my question.
I have a problem with slugs in my garden and since I've been keeping bees (I have 5 colonies in both Langstroth and top bar hives) for the last five years, I've never used any chemicals in my yard out of concern over harming the bees. But the slugs this year are getting out of control and devouring all my veggies. I have an organic gardening book that mentions DE <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth> as a slug killer, but it also mentions that it may be harmful to other insects (primarily soft-bodied creatures), including beneficials although it gets no more specific than that.
Does anyone know for sure that DE is safe to use in the presence of bees? I wouldn't be dusting flowers of course (I'd be putting it on the ground), but I know bees sometimes collect dusty materials thinking that it's pollen, and I'm concerned that if they got interested in DE, that it could be really bad for them.
And if DE is known to be unsafe for bees, does anyone have any suggestions for killing slugs that won't be harmful to the bees? The hardware store has only broad spectrum pesticides that I know will be harmful to the bees and I don't want to use that of course. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks for any replies.