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12 Ways to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden

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12 Ways to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden

If you’ve got lettuce or hostas planted in your soil, you’ve probably got slugs. Their diet isn’t just those two things; they’ll get into everything that’s worth eating in your garden. These little trouble-makers begin to pop-up once the temperature rises about 40-degrees Fahrenheit. They love damp garden spaces. And when they lay eggs, it’s in the range of about 100.

If you’ve got lettuce or hostas you’ve probably got slugs. They begin to pop-up once the temperature rises about 40-degrees Fahrenheit.

A Dozen Solutions

The tips below provide you with a variety of options to help keep the slugs at bay.

  • • Hair - It doesn’t matter if it’s human or dog. What matters is that it causes the slugs to hang themselves on the delicate strands. When the hair breaks-down, it provides the soil with extra nitrogen.
  • • Coffee - Caffeine makes slugs nervous. Take your used grounds and surround those plants that are being attacked.
  • • Beer - Don’t use stale beer. Give them a drink of the good, cheap stuff. Line-up a bunch of disposable tubs near where the slugs are. Wait until twilight, then top them off with brew.
  • • Epson Salts - This is not just plant food for roses, if you broadcast some around the soil of your garden it will chase away the slugs. It also will solve any Magnesium issues with your plants.
  • • Iron phosphate - Iron wreaks havoc on the digestive tract of a slug. Sprinkling these pellets gives your soil an iron boost and wipes out the slimy creatures.
  • • Vinegar - You don’t want to spray this on plants like salvia because it is a herbicide, but spritzing some plain white vinegar around your garden will actually dissolve any mollusks.
  • • Rove beetles - They may look nasty, but they won’t chew up your plants. They do feast on slug eggs and slugs.
  • • Lightning bugs - Glowworms have an appetite for slugs. Adult lightning bugs create glowworms. Make mom and pop happy by giving a small portion of your garden a damp, weedy place and don’t turn on the lights in your yard at night.
  • • Boards - Between your garden beds, place some old planks. Slugs hate the sun, so they’ll slither underneath the wood. First thing in the morning, armed with a disposable aluminum tray, simply scrape them off and into the tray.
  • • Toads - If you take this solution, stay away from using pesticides as you don’t want to kill the toads. You’ll want to create a little toad-haven near your garden, though. They’ll need a shady, damp area and a small pool of water to survive during the day. But then at night, these small hoppers love to dine on slugs.
  • • Citrus - Use the rinds of things like oranges, lemons and grapefruit to make slug traps. Slice a little hole in the side of the skin so the slugs can get inside, then turn the rind upside-down. They love citrus and will tend to leave your plants alone. Check the progress and when you have captured enough of the beasts, toss the whole deal into your compost heap.
  • • Copper - When a slug encounters a penny, it actually gets a jolt of electricity. Go to your local gardening shop and purchase some copper plant guards. Want to amaze the kids? Catch a couple of live slugs and stick one on a penny. Zzzzzzt!

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