What is the best way to get rid of slugs?

Rene Matson
by Rene Matson
  5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 30, 2017
    Crushed egg shells.a plate of beer ,copper banding,food grade diatomeous earth

  • Kentuckylady Kentuckylady on May 30, 2017
    I read, put beer in something like a saucer that you don't use and they will crawl in and drown.....I guess they like the smell of beer.....

  • Gillian Winn Gillian Winn on May 30, 2017
    crushed egg shells, salt, hedgehogs

  • Kentuckylady Kentuckylady on May 30, 2017
    Yes I heard about egg shells too, crush them up some and spread all around your plants.....they don't like crawling in egg shells.....also egg shells are good in your garden, good around your flowers and great around Roses especially.....don't ever throw them away put them in the soil......feed the soil and it makes everything grow better........

  • William William on May 31, 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.