Our garden is full of slugs. Full! I found one in the vegetable garden and tons of them in the front yard… the flower garden. So sad. Yesterday, I found at least 5 in the seed starter that I lazily left in the greenhouse. There goes $30, as I’m not about to pick the slugs out. I just threw the whole thing away. Yuck! I’ve got to get rid of these plant-eating pests, but how?
Pesticides may be effective, but then birds will eat the slugs and be harmed by the pesticides. No can do. Here are some more natural ways to get rid of slugs. I’ll try a few and let you know how it goes.
- Pick them off and throw them in some soapy water
- Sprinkle salt on them (this seems cruel so I’m not doing to do this)
- Bury a container filled 3/4 with beer near where the slugs hang out. They’ll climb in to drink it, and they won’t climb out. (sure, they’ll die, but they’ll be drunk and happy when they go) I might try this water bottle slug trap.
- Pour coffee grounds around the plants slugs like. Or spray the plants with coffee. I’ve been using the Mr’s coffee grounds, but if you ask, Starbucks will give you their coffee grounds!
- Lay a plank of wood (or sugar-water soaked newspaper) on the garden at night. Flip it over in the morning and slide the slugs into the trash.
- Place citrus rinds around the garden at night. Slugs will crawl in and you can dispose of them in the morning.
Attract toads like that little cutie to the right.
- Don’t kill rove beetles or lightning bugs. They eat slugs and slug eggs.
- Ducks! Ducks eat slugs.
- Water the garden in the morning.
- Put some cornmeal in a jar and lay it on its side. The slugs will crawl in to eat, but they won’t crawl out, if you know what I mean.
- Spread playground sand around plants that slugs like. They don’t like the sand. (sand isn’t great for a garden, but it’s not too bad either)
- Plant things with red leaves. Slugs don’t like red leaves. Huh.
Be sure you set your traps and bait at night when the slugs come out. Then harvest the slimy beasts in the morning. Ew. I’m not looking forward to that part.