Asked on Oct 12, 2017

How do you get rid of slugs in the garden

Ros MaleWilliamPJ Wise


7 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 12, 2017

    Slug Pellets
  • Donna L. Woolman
    on Oct 12, 2017

    Get them drunk on beer. My neighbor puts out small cartons like deli cups and fills them with beer. The slugs drown in it.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 12, 2017

    food grade diatomaceous earth,crushed eggs shells copper barriers,
  • Ppo27016769
    on Oct 12, 2017

    When we lived in WA, we put iodized salt on them, but it didn't keep them from coming back.
  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 13, 2017

    7 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails
    Here is a quick summary on getting rid of slugs and snails.
    1. Create a beer trap that’ll drown the snails.
    2. Grow companion plants that deter slugs.
    3. Build natural hiding place traps around the backyard.
    4. Apply vinegar spray at the slugs and snails.
    5. Set up a grapefruit trap near high-traffic snail areas.
    6. Attract beneficial insects like ground beetles.
    7. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth near high-traffic pest areas.
    Effective Snail & Slug Control Products
    Here are some immediate solutions you can purchase to get rid of snails and slugs in the backyard. Protect your garden before it’s too late.
    This natural powder works well for numerous pests. Sprinkle the powder around high-traffic slug or snail areas. Give it a few days to work its magic.
    These pellets are made using iron phosphate. According to the product description, it can be safely used around pets and beneficial wildlife species.
    Sprinkle these pellets around high-traffic slug areas. It may take a couple of applications to see results. Slugs and snails that consume this bait will become less mobile and die within a few days.

    How to Get Rid of Snails & Snugs
    Create a beer trap
    Apparently, slugs aren’t all that different when it comes to appreciating alcohol. The scent of yeast can attract the slugs. If they reach too far into the beer cup then they will drop in and drown.
    Introduce Beneficial Bugs
    Beneficial insects are bugs that can help control pest populations in the garden or backyard. Ground beetles and marsh flies are examples of beneficial insects. If you have a pond in your backyard then it may also help to have some frogs around.
    Use Companion Plants
    There are certain plants that deter slugs and snails. Grow these plants around and in-between your valuable crop. Plants you may want to consider include: hydrangeas, lavender, sage, yucca, creeping thyme, rosemary, and mints.
    Hiding Place Traps
    Slugs love to take shelter under certain objects like wooden planks and stones. Place these objects around your garden at night when the slugs and snails are most active. By the next morning, you should have plenty of slugs and snails chilling in your makeshift shelter. Scrape them off and discard them at an appropriate location.
    Apply Vinegar Spray
    Vinegar solution can be an effective home remedy to get rid of slugs and snails. Set up a wooden board at night so the slugs and snails can accumulate. The next morning, check your board for any unwanted customers and spray them with vinegar solution. Make sure you don’t get any of the solution on the plants themselves.
    Set up a Grapefruit Trap
    Slugs love grapefruits. Cut the grapefruit in halves and empty out the good portion for you to consume. Once all the goodies have been taken out, place the grapefruit halves upside down in your garden and leave them there overnight.

    Common Types of Slugs & Snails
    Before you go ahead and try one of the seven natural methods above, it may help to be able to first identify the types of slugs and snails you are dealing with. Common types of slugs include the garden slug, field slug, black slug, and the keel slug.
    Out of the four, the garden slug is typically the smallest. Unfortunately, their size doesn’t equate to their appetite as garden slugs are known devour anything in its way. Garden slugs have a blackish body with a pale side. The field slug is also small in size and has a voracious appetite. They usually have a grey appearance and typically feed on the surface of plants.
    When it comes to snails, you are most likely going to encounter species like the garden snail. Referred to as Helix aspersa, the garden snail has a brownish body and typically has a cream-colored shell. Garden snails are most active at night and hibernate during the winter months. They feed on a variety of plants including fruits and crop vegetables so it is in your best interest to get rid of these snails as soon as you see signs of them appearing in your garden.

    Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.
  • William
    on Oct 13, 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.
  • Ros Male
    on Oct 13, 2017

    mix in a spray bottle half litre water, few drops of washing up liquid & ten drops of Tabsco sauce. Works for most nasties, spray the soil and foliage, but don't use on very sensitive plants.
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