How To Get Rid Of Slugs

by Polly

Garden Slugs

Garden Slugs

Slugs eat your garden clean if you let them.

And, on hot days, they crawl under rocks and boards to protect their skin from cooking by the warm rays of the sun.

At nite, they come out to eat.

What’s to do?

Read on and find out.

Slugs and garden snails know that their chances of making it through the long cold winter are slim. They usually hibernate in the soil at this time of the year. 

Just the thought of a slug and lettuce or slugs munching their way to my favorite hostas and nibbling the tender shoots of my emerging perennials is enough to have me declare war on these ugly, slimy crawlers.

But, I am not going to use any chemicals to get rid of slugs. I don’t want to kill birds, caterpillars, butterflies, and bees. These are beneficial insects to my organic garden.

I’m going to use natural slug and snail control methods to protect my plants.

It is interesting to know what slugs eat. Different types of slugs like different types of plants.

And, slugs in different parts of the country eat different things. Yes, different types of slugs have their own preferences.

There are some plants they find distasteful. For example: foxgloves, most daisies, lavateras, hollyhocks, azaleas, and hardy geraniums. And some plants with stiff leaves and highly scented foliage like lavender, rosemary, and sage resist also resist damage.

I intend to buy some of these plants as soon as the weather warms up.

Then, I’m going to invite my slug friends to a party by putting out tubs of beer.

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Yes, beer is both heaven and hell to slugs. They like the smell. And, it attracts them. But, when they go into the beer it is their last swim because they die in this slug bait.

Those beer drinkers will gather around a saucer of beer. The souls that don’t drown in the drink can easily be picked off. This is one of my best slug traps in the garden. Actually, I don’t kill slugs. They kill themselves

I’ve also done this with sugar, yeast and water.

I’ve also noticed that there are some common deterrents that garden slugs and snails do not like to come in contact with.

These are wood ash, crushed egg shells, sawdust, human or animal hair.  And sometimes slugs hate coffee grounds that are possibly fatal to them.

Some garden centers sell crushed sea shells and I’ve been told by those who’ve tried them that they work better than egg shells.

An orange, grapefruit, and melon rinds have also worked well in my garden as slug baits.. Slugs and snails were very attracted to them. All I needed to do in the morning – pick them up and dispose of them.

Apparently, ducks and chickens see slugs as a delicacy to be devoured with pleasure. So, you may let them roam in your garden.

Another natural method is the introduction of nematodes (Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita) to the garden. These are microscopic worms sold under the name of “Nemaslug”. Once in the ground,beneficial nematodes will seek out slugs and aggressively attack them. This is also my best slug killer method.

I will leave it to you to make decisions about choosing deterrents to slugs and snails.

Happy gardening with another episode to come.

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Yours truly for a great garden with outstanding veggies and flowers.

Polly-organic gardener

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Grateful Gardener December 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

There is a new, innovative, yet simple, copper solution to slug problems that is 100% eco-friendly and effective. It also requires no maintenance. The Slug Shield. com

tabbycat January 4, 2011 at 7:08 am

Try using a Slug Bell this does use pellets but they are not accessible to pets and wildlife. the designs are attractive and blend in with the surroundings.

Grateful Gardener January 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

Yes, that probably would work, but I don’t like using the pellets and the shields are more humane. The slugs are necessary in the environment and this way they can eat every except my plants.

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