Slugs are slimy, gross little creatures that love to eat your plants. They can ruin a beautiful garden in no time, so it’s important to know how to get rid of slugs.
In this blog post, we will be walking you through the process of killing slugs and keeping them away from your garden.
One of the most common garden pests is the slug. However, they are not insects, but rather land-dwelling molluscs that are more closely related to clams than beetles or caterpillars.
As a serious problem in your gardens, it is filled with slime trails and leaf damage.
Trying natural remedies can be difficult and time-consuming to find an effective solution that doesn’t involve harsh chemical baits.
In this blog post, I’ll be walking you through the process of killing slugs and keeping them away from your garden.
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Slug Prevention is better than cure
Make sure all leaves and debris are cleared off the ground – there shouldn’t be any place for slugs or their eggs to hide during daylight hours; Keep pathways clear of vegetation since that provides cover for slugs and other pests; Remove leaf litter on tree trunks as well as mulch around trees because these provide good hiding places for little creatures like slugs; Prune trees and shrubs to keep them from touching the ground, which provides slugs with a way to get into your garden.
If you’re noticing slugs in your garden at night time – they might be attracted by certain plants that emit light (like orchids) so try switching those out for dark-coloured foliage; If you have pets like cats, make sure their water bowls are emptied before bedtime because if there’s one little puddle of stagnant water around then it will attract lots of unwanted visitors looking for a place to lay eggs.
If after all your prevention methods have failed then it’s time to get tough. There are many different ways to get rid of slugs here are our favourites:
Plant smart to form a shield
When wondering how to get rid of slugs, a natural method is to plant plants that deter them and act as a natural pesticide. This way, you can keep slugs at bay without chemicals. Astrantia gives off a scent that repels slugs. Other plants which deter slugs include wormwood, rue, fennel, anise and rosemary.
Encourage natural allies
Slugs look for refuge under bricks, garden furniture and large logs. They don’t like the light or open soil so take away their hiding places by scraping off rubble thick ground cover. Natural predators such as toads, newts, hedgehogs and song thrushes will benefit your garden and help solve your problem naturally.
Make it hard for them
To deter slugs, you can create barriers out of prickly material like eggshells, needle-like pine needles or cuttings with thorns. You could also use sharp sand – as long as it doesn’t alter the soil.
A slithery problem for container plants is easy to solve with a little WD40. Spray the outside of your plant pots and they’ll be too slippery for slugs.
Use wool to control slugs
Slugs, oversensitive to the even fabric of wool, are repelled by landscaping cloth made from crude and ugly combed fibre. In order to protect your plants from these crawling pests, a gardener can lay down small pellets of Slug Gone at the base of their susceptible crops which will expand as they absorb water; once in contact with soil or organic waste, Slug-gone pellets soften into a wad that slugs refuse to cross.
Lay down copper tape
Lay down self-adhesive copper tape in your garden to deter slugs from reaching your plants. The tape can be attached to greenhouse staging, pot plants, raised beds – anything that needs protecting from these hungry bugs.
Can you spare some beer
Slug bait is an easy way to eliminate slugs from your garden. Create one by burying half a container and filling it with beer, or purchase purpose-built slug traps. The scent of the beer will lure slugs, which you can then catch in the trap for safe removal.
Salt kills slugs because they are not able to regulate their body temperature when it’s dry and salty outside. They will struggle for hours until they die from dehydration or exhaustion. One of the easiest ways you can do this is by putting a handful of salt in a shallow dish – like an old margarine container lid or something similar. The next time you see a slug crawling around your yard, just put salt on its backside so that it crawls through the dirt into your garden where it’ll eventually die! It only takes one application if applied correctly and over time slugs won’t have any more access to your precious plants than ever before.
Apply Nemotodes To The Soil
Nematodes are soil-dwelling micro-organisms that are parasites to slugs. Simply mix them with water and apply them to the soil. The soil temperature needs to be in excess of 5C in order for the treatment to be effective.
A final word about these slimy pests
If you’re still struggling with slug problems after taking these steps, it’s important to consult a professional for help with your situation