How do you deal with slugs in your garden?

I always get a bunch of slugs in my garden that devour my plants. I have tried copper wire, egg shells, slug bait, salt and beer. They just keep coming back.

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  • Ili Ili on Dec 09, 2017
    Have you tried a safer kind of chemical??? Also, as soon you see one, keep looking and killing

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 09, 2017
    Here is the entire list of articles about getting rid of slugs in your garden, plus the ads for commercial products. You can scroll through the articles to see if there is something there you haven't tried. Wishing you the best.

  • Mary Mary on Dec 09, 2017
    Place a shallow bowl with the lip at ground level fill it with beer - slugs will crawl in & drown. Or put a layer of silica sand around base of plants - slugs avoid it because it cuts them. Fine crushed egg shells also work.

  • William William on Dec 09, 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.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 10, 2017
    Try food grade Diatomaceous Earth. The only thing you can do to battle them is to make it uncomfortable for them to approach your plants. They just seem to keep coming no matter what, so just use something they don't like, Williams list is pretty comprehensive. Keep it away from the base of the plant. Put is around the perimeter of the plants they like to eat, if there is a grouping, put an unbroken line of what you use around the perimeter of the area rather than around each plant. Keep up with replacing it as needed to keep the areas covered.

  • Spread Epsom Salts - The coarseness of Epsom salts cut the slugs as they crawl across it and they'll die. Works for me
    Bonus, plants like Epsom Salts