How to get rid of slugs in my Hostas?

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  • William William on May 30, 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.

  • Sue23470893 Sue23470893 on May 31, 2017
    Hand picking Slugs in the evening works for us. Also place a board or hiding place in the garden to attract them. They hide under the pedestal for a gazing ball. We can frequently find quite a few there. Our neighbors children love to hunt slugs with us an turn it into a game. We have tried chemical controls but seem to get better results by the seek and destroy method.

    • Ben11553405 Ben11553405 on Jun 01, 2017
      Thank you for such a quick reply. But our problem is we have so many hosta's.

  • Ginny Ginny on Jun 04, 2017
    I got rid of hosta and went to loripe for just that reason. The slugs drove me crazy, and the hosta looked like someone had fired on them with buckshot.

  • Cat9976557 Cat9976557 on Jun 04, 2017
    USE WATERING CAN WITH RACIO I /5 CUP AMONIA TO ONE GALLON OF WATER , WATER INTIRE PLANT YOU WANT TO KEEP SLUGS OFF. MUST REPEAT AFER RAIN FALL