Asked on May 9, 2017

Best way to get rid of slugs?



5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 9, 2017

    crushed egg shell,a plate of beer,copper flashing,snail and slug repellent,food grade diatomaceous earth
  • FL
    on May 9, 2017

    The tried and true method of using stale beer still works! Put old pie pans buried up to the rim in your yard. Fill with stale beer or the dregs left after a party or fresh beer if you must). The snails and slugs are attracted to the smell and fall into the pie pan and drown. Good luck!
  • William
    on May 9, 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.
  • Judy
    on May 10, 2017

    just read something new...old glass jar lay on side put cornmeal in side ...slugs crawl to eat it...cornmeal kills them apparently...I am going to try it this year
  • John
    on May 10, 2017

    just plain old table salt sprinkled. they touch it, they dissolve. I place it all around the dog/cat food bowls and never have slugs in their food, but dead ones a plenty on the ground.
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