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How To Get Rid Of Slugs Naturally

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Anyone who grows their own food will know the heartbreak of finding a flourishing crop destroyed, or at least heavily perforated, by slugs. Reaching for the slug poison is hopefully becoming a thing of the past, especially with useful tips like this one to give you the upper hand.



The most common poison used in slug pellets (Metaldehyde) not only kills slugs, it will move into the food chain and the soil, poisoning wild animals, especially hedgehogs and birds that would otherwise eat plenty of slugs for you! There are also risks to pets as the poison is mixed with cereal and yeast to attract slugs to eat it – making it tempting for your beloved animals! Slug pellets can be dangerous for small children too. If this isn’t enough to put you off, consider that they are only likely to kill about 10% of the slug population in your garden.

Slugs are such a well-known nemesis of gardeners the world over, they thrive especially in wet countries and during prolonged spells of rain, and there are always new experiments being dreamed up to get rid of them. I found this “World’s Longest List of Slug Remedies” to give you some more ideas: http://www.slugoff.co.uk/information/list.

We’ve now got another one to add to the list – essential oils. Using these essential oils makes good sense – you’re unlikely to find many slugs around conifers like pine or cedar – and the oils will float on water so are less likely to be washed away when it rains.

An organic garden, with room for habitats for wild animals and birds, will provide more predators to keep the numbers of slugs down. Ground beetles are a voracious predator to slugs, although they tend to prefer ones that are dead or dying. [1] Creating a wildlife pond is one of the best natural methods that will attract frogs and toads to eat a lot of your pesky slugs. It’s all about getting a balance at the end of the day – if you don’t have a few garden pests, you won’t get the other wildlife that feeds on them either – it’s definitely worth putting up with a bit of crop damage to keep the wildlife around and to know that we’re not poisoning ourselves trying to get rid of pests.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://naturehacks.com/gardening-and-plants/how-to-naturally-get-rid-of-slugs/

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  • By ChasSkinneer, December 7, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I have been gardening for 30 years and the best thing to get rid of Slugs and Snails is 1 cup of Ammonia to 11/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. You have to go got after dark and spray the buggers. The Ammonia is organic and melts them away. You can add 1/2 teaspoon Murphys oil soap as a wetting agent

  • By sherrie, January 19, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    What worked for me were egg shells crumbled around my plants. The shells will cut them up if the crawl across them.

  • By Susan, February 18, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    Dig a small bowl into the ground, then fill it up with beer. Worked for me this summer … I had all my peas and radish to myself 🙂

  • By capto, February 25, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    My favorite way to deal with slugs is beer. Take a small container (like one of the small aluminum pie plates that come with snacks) fill it 2/3’s full of beer. Set it near your garden and the slugs will beat a hasty path to the beer. They get in the beer and drown. Messy cleanup after a couple of days but it gets rid of them.

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