Slugs, Snails And Puppy Dog Tails

garden slug Natural Ways to Keep Slugs Out Of Your Garden So you’ve planted that organic garden and much to your dismay, your plants aren’t thriving and you begin to notice holes in the leaves.

Slugs multiply rapidly and can totally destroy your garden if left unchecked. Don’t be fooled, not every “all natural” garden pest control technique will actually work on slugs. In fact, many are little more than old wives’ tales at best.

Battling Slugs All Natural Ways To Control Slugs.
Beer: Those pesky slugs hold their alcohol like a 12-year-old girl. Ideal Bite has some clever thoughts on using beer traps for natural slug control. DIY Beer Slug Trap

Egg Shells: Heat egg shells in your oven until they are very dry and can be easily crushed. Mother Earth News recommends crushing up egg shells and sprinkling them around your plants. Obviously the egg shells will also benefit the soil as they decompose. so they provide double the benefit.

Diatomaceous Earth: Diatoma what? Diatomaceous earth is basically the natural fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard shelled algae. Just as with egg shells, soft bodied pests (like slugs and snails) will not crawl over it. For the same reason humans won’t walk on broken glass.

Sandpaper: Just as with egg shells and diatomaceous earth, rough sandpaper is too painful for the slugs to cross.

Citrus Rinds: Planet Green recommends using upside down halves of grapefruit rinds as a slug traps. Set them out at night and you’ll have slugs up inside them in the morning.

Seaweed: says, “If you have access to seaweed, it’s well worth the effort to gather. Seaweed is not only a good soil amendment for the garden, it’s a natural repellent for slugs. Mulch with seaweed around the base of plants or perimeter of bed. Pile it on 3″ to 4″ thick – when it dries it will shrink to just an inch or so deep. Seaweed is salty and slugs avoid salt. Push the seaweed away from plant stems so it’s not in direct contact. During hot weather, seaweed will dry and become very rough which also deters the slugs.” Be sure to check out EarthEasy’s list of natural slug repellents. You’ll find some of the same and some different methods than what we’re talking about here.

Organic Baits: The Weekend Gardner web magazine recommends using either Sluggo or Escar-Go. How do they work? Iron phosphate. Weekend Gardner says, “Iron phosphate is an organic compound that is found naturally in the soil, and if the bait is not consumed by a slug or snail, the material breaks down into fertilizer for your soil. Iron phosphate is not volatile, and does not readily dissolve in water, which minimizes its dispersal beyond where it is applied.

Companion Planting: Plants that deter slugs are wormwood, rue, fennel, anise, and rosemary.

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Natural Slug Deterrent As you can see in the picture with the copper tubing/flashing method.

Copper strips or tubing Similarly to the eggshells, sandpaper, and diamateous earth methods, slugs and snails will not crawl over copper tubing or flashing. Why use copper? Because the copper reacts with the slime that they are covered in and issues them a small electric shock.
In order for the copper to continue to work, it needs to be cleaned periodically with vinegar or it will tarnish and no longer work.

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8 responses to “Slugs, Snails And Puppy Dog Tails

  1. what do you do with the slugs caught? won’t they go to other farms? thanks for this informative post 🙂


  2. Good information here, thanks. But slugs not a problem here in sub tropics of Australia. Grasshoppers are our scourge! And caterpillars in the vegetables … ambushing with soapy water and garlic spray to limited effect, alas.


    • Re: gardengrapevine – Thanks for taking time to visit my humble blog.
      Kills caterpillars on contact as well as if they eat treated plants. Nothing works very well on grasshoppers, but tobacco spray will help keep the little critters to manageable numbers. Use pipe or chewing tobacco, soak it in a gallon of boiling water until it cools. Strain the liquid into a clean container. Put a cup of tobacco juice and 1/2 cup lemon dish soap (Blue Dawn works well also) into a hose end sprayer or 1 gallon bottle, use hand sprayer, spray plants, be sure to spray bottom side of leafs. . This works on all kinds of bugs. Warning: Do Not use on tomato vines!
      Happy bug hunting.


  3. Reblogged this on The Transplanted Gardener and commented:
    Got slugs? Get rid of them!


  4. marieandtheappletree

    Thanks for the tips 🙂 I had seaweed and the slugs and snails were living right beside it! I have put shell grit (from the chook supplies), sawdust and a beer trap and so far NO DAMAGE! Those iron baits didn’t work at all. Copper sounds interesting, I’ll keep that one up my sleeve, thanks!


  5. Thanks!!! Great information!


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