Asked on May 7, 2017

How to get rid of Slugs?

TerryJust peachyInetia


5 answers
  • William
    on May 7, 2017

    Sink a few bowls or plates in the ground level with the surface. Fill the bowls/plates with (cheap) beer. The yeast attracts the slugs. They drink their fill and drown. Not their sorrows

    Anything you can make it uncomfortable for the slugs/snails to crawl on will deter them. A combination of solutions from everyone here should take care of them.

    Broken nutshells work in the same way as egg shells when getting rid of slugs. Break up the nutshells into small pieces, and create a protective barrier around your plants. Any slugs that come near your vegetables will soon turn the other way.

    Crushed egg shells work as a great home remedy of slugs. This is because slugs don’t like moving across sharp objects, although it isn’t not impossible for them to do, they just prefer not to. Break up the empty egg shells into small(ish) pieces and place around the flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits you want to keep safe from slug damage.

    Ash and Cinders make a rough protective barrier, and the fine ash also acts as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Wood ash and cinders are preferable. Avoid direct contact with plants.

    Grit and Gravel. The sharp rasping edges of finely crushed ‘horticultural grit’ makes an excellent slug barrier. Coarser gravel is largely ineffective, other than for decorative purposes.

    Sandpaper. Cut rings of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of vulnerable plants.

    Sawdust makes a good coarse barrier around tender plants, also acting as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Hardwood sawdust is most effective, and some people recommend cedar or oak.

    Copper Rings or Discs. Solid copper rings/discs of various diameter, used to encircle single or small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Look for rings that clip together. These are easy to slip round established plant stems, or join together to form a larger barrier.
  • Terry
    on May 7, 2017

    These are all great solutions for outside... my problem is that I occasionally find them on my kitchen floor & a couple of times on my countertop!!!! GROSS!!!.

    We have a jenn-aire cooktop in the island that is vented down to the crawlspace ... I *THINK* that's how they get in ... so I hardly know where to put the "uncomfortable barrier"

    thanxs for all the ideas though.
    • Ellis
      on May 9, 2017

      Can you put some rock salt or diatomaceous earth sprinkled heavily around that area of your crawl space? Diatomaceous earth is not harmful to humans.
  • Inetia
    on May 8, 2017

    I don't know if your vent set-up will permit you to do this, but you could try dumping some salt down it.
  • Just peachy
    on May 8, 2017

    Slugs in the home are a little trickier. You have to find where they are coming in. Usually, that means following their trails. If you have a black light, that can make them easier to find. After you locate their entry you would have to seal all the cracks and crevices to keep them out. If they are coming in from your crawl space from a vent hood that would require going under the house. Good luck!
  • Terry
    on May 9, 2017

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