Judy Maranger
Judy Maranger
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  • Racine, WI
Asked on May 16, 2017

What is the best way to get rid of slugs?

Judy MarangerLin22510961Janet Pizaro


I have many hostas and every year I get slugs eating the leaves. I would like to prevent them from getting started this year.
10 answers
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on May 16, 2017

    Set out small, shallow dishes of beer around the hostas. The slugs will crawl in and die. Replace the beer occasionally or after it rains.
  • Serai
    on May 16, 2017

    Salt works great too. They won't cross it.
  • Lrh9222006
    on May 16, 2017

    sprinckle salt on them
  • William
    on May 16, 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.
  • Sandie Cheney
    on May 16, 2017

    We used salt around the areas. Be careful not to get in the plants. We had them bad in Florida and we made slug traps out of 2 liters coke bottles. I found them on u tube. They did help.
  • Teresa
    on May 16, 2017

    Yes salt! Pour it on them if you see them and pour a thin line in and around the the plants. If they touch the salt they will melt, immediately!
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 16, 2017

    Apply food grade daitomeous earth as well
  • Lin22510961
    on May 16, 2017

    Bug getta works very well
  • Judy Maranger
    on May 16, 2017

    Thanks... I will definitely do that.
  • Judy Maranger
    on May 16, 2017

    Is that a brand name?
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