What is a recipe for snail bait?

  9 answers
  • Andrea Andrea on Oct 05, 2017
    beer in a saucer laid on the ground

  • Big lulu Big lulu on Oct 05, 2017

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 05, 2017
    Beer and water

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Oct 05, 2017
    Beer is great. Also save egg shells in a paper bag. (I save them year round for use in the summer) Crunch them up and place them on the soil circling the plants you want to keep them from. If they cross, they will be cut up. And the egg shells are good for the soil.

  • William William on Oct 05, 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.

  • Amanda Amanda on Oct 05, 2017
    Hi Debra. You can put out cups or bowls of beer. You change it everyday for about a week, and they should be gone.

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Oct 05, 2017
    salt will kill them.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 02, 2020

    Hi there, we try not to use harmful bait because we're worried our fur babies will eat it instead of the snails. It might sound silly but we have a few overturned flowerpots, with a stone placed under the rim to lift them up a bit, scattered around our garden. We check them every few days for snails. They like crawling inside. Grapefruit and orange halves work too. We also try watering our garden in the morning instead of the evening. Snails and slugs like moist conditions so by watering in the morning it gives the surface soil time to dry out by the evening when snails are most active.