The Q&A Archives: Slug Control

Question: Best way to keep slugs out of garden, without harming pets and children.

Answer: Have you tried making traps for the slugs? Grapefruit rinds set upside down and propped up with a stone are very attractive to slugs (and non-toxic to children and pets). Set them in the garden and empty them every morning. Or, use old yogurt or cottage cheese tubs, make a couple of one-inch square openings in the sides, bury the containers up to the openings, pour a couple of inches of beer in them and pop the plastic tops on. The slugs will be attracted to the beer, crawl in, and drown. Just empty the traps and refill with beer every few days. You can help keep the slug population down by removing debris from the garden (they love to hide in dark, damp places), and by going on slug patrol in the evenings when the slugs are most active. Just pick them off the plants and dump them in a bucket of water with some ammonia mixed in. If you're diligent, you'll eventually lower the slug population in your garden.

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