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Slugs in the Garden


Slugs create plenty of damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings.  What does the damage look like? How can you get rid of these pests in your gardens?

Where Can Slugs Be Found?

Literally, everywhere, but they prefer cool, moist areas.


Slugs Eating Leaves

Attribute: Scot Nelson

What Damage Do They Do?

The pests can chew through leaves and stems of plants.  A slug can also eat clean through fruits and vegetables making holes in crops and leaf vegetation with their rasping mouths.

Slug Eating Squash

Attribute: Scot Nelson

Best Ways to Get Rid of Slugs Traps

If you have an issue with earwigs, slugs or snails, a trap works well.  You can purchase slug traps or make your own.

Slug Bait Traps

Step 1: You dig a hole somewhere look to a plant, place the container into the hole. Cover.

Step 2: Add one of the 3 liquid choices below.

1.) Add 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon yeast.
2.) Add 1/4 cup of beer
1/4 cup olive oil into the cup.

Step 3:
Cover the cup with a lid that has a few holes for the insects to crawl into but not out of.

Slug Eating Cabbage Leaves

Attribute: Scot Nelson


Crushed Eggshells

Slugs are soft-bodied insects.  Using crushed eggshells creates discomfort for the snails.  They may turn around when they reach an eggshell barrier.  Eggshells break down naturally and add nutrients to the soil.

Tomatoes That Have Slug Infestation

Attribute: Scot Nelson

Oak Leaf Mulch

Have oak leaves in your yard?  Try to crush up oak leaves for mulch around your plants.  Slugs do not like oak leaves.

Copper Tape
This product is excellent if you have raised beds and flowers pots. You can wrap the tape around anything. It is non-toxic and no chemicals.

Copper Slug Tape

Slugs and snails do not like to cross the tape because it gives off a sensation that they do not like when their slime secretions come in contact with the tape. Making them turn the other way.

Mix Your Own Solution For Ornamental Leaves

If you are having an issue with the insects eating hosta leaves try making your own solution using this recipe.

Slug Prevention of Hostas I NikkiLynnDesign

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