Bought hostas from yard sale - woman said they had slugs - in containers, not planted yet. If I take out plants, rinse thoroughly and then plant in ground, will the slugs be gone? Thank you!
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First of all, slugs do not typically remain in the pot with the plant and only come out to feed at night, so I doubt that will be a problem. It is possible that the lady mistook the insects for weevils, which have grub-like larvae. If this were the case, the following article may be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects-in-the-roots-identifying-and-controlling-root-weevil.htm
If you take them from the pots and rinse thoroughly, however, this will certainly help take care of any possible issues. And should slugs become a problem, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm