Asked on Apr 28, 2018

How do I keep slugs from eating my cabbage

Tamara Smith
by Tamara Smith
  6 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 28, 2018

    Use Slug Pellets..........And put wire mesh over cabbage plant

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Apr 28, 2018

    most home DIY remedies are temporary ... but beer traps work better than a lot of ideas, but that's not saying much!

  • Gail Gail on Apr 28, 2018

    Cut off top of plastic water or soda bottle. Insert it, opening facing bottom of bottle, into the bottle. Tape in place. Pour in beer, like 1/3 cup or so. Lay on side by cabbages. Should attract slugs. When full of slugs, throw the bottle away and make another one. :)

  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on Apr 28, 2018

    Small pan of beer will attract them then drown them

  • William William on Apr 28, 2018

    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.