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Beer Attracts Slugs

By threegardeners
October 27, 2011

A dish of beer in the garden will attract slugs.

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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Oct 26, 2011 6:21 PM CST
will also attract me and all my friends, LOL!

Great tip, but I had to go for the obvious...
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Oct 26, 2011 6:31 PM CST
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RickCorey
Oct 26, 2011 8:01 PM CST
I use the cut-off bottoms of soda bottles, large or small.

Many say that you should sink the dsaucer into the gorund a little to make it easy for them to climb in, but I see they can crawl right up onto my porch so I'm not so solicitous to them.

They still find the beer.

I put out a bunch of beer saucers before an early Spring thaw, and caught hundreds ... then a cold snap turned them into slugsickles.

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valleylynn
Oct 26, 2011 11:26 PM CST
The slugs are really starting to show up with this cooler/wetter weather here in my area. I also just found out today that this is the time of the year they lay their eggs. Blinking
I'm willing to give this a try.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 27, 2011 5:13 AM CST
Slug 'em where it hurts!
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Oct 27, 2011 7:54 AM CST
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Oct 27, 2011 8:40 AM CST
I don't know about beer attracting slugs, but I DO know that beer can turn some folks INTO slugs! Hilarious!

(Slugsickles!! Rolling on the floor laughing )
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Oct 27, 2011 11:11 AM CST
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Oct 27, 2011 2:31 PM CST
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Happy_1
Oct 27, 2011 2:33 PM CST
Well, I'm certainly going to try it for my garden looks like I grow green Swiss cheese. Put out wet newspapers this am and they are already dry. UGH!

All that is in the ref is an non alcoholic beer. Will that work? Well, we'll see in the am.

Tried to buy the beer last Sunday but it was taken off the belt.....TOO EARLY!! But, it's for SLUGS, not me!

No go.

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valleylynn
Oct 27, 2011 2:51 PM CST
Did they give you that 'Likely story' look Hap? Bet they hadn't heard that one before. Rolling on the floor laughing
I am finding more and more of them in my Sempervivum raised beds. I think I will try the beer, wet newspaper and the slug bait, all at the same time. Glare
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Happy_1
Oct 27, 2011 4:43 PM CST
Well, Odoules is out in the small dishes. Did pu soil up to the lip for I don't want to make any harder than necessary for the little buggers. Let's see what happens in the am....

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Oct 27, 2011 5:33 PM CST

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RickCorey
Oct 27, 2011 5:42 PM CST
>> this is the time of the year they lay their eggs

Thanks for reminding me, Lynn! Every one we kill now means dozens fewer hatching next spring.

Last year I pulled some of the walls away from my raised beds and found slug egg masses. I wonder what would be best for zapping those: probably 1/10th strength or 1/5th strength ammonia would be better than peroxide or Clorox, and would be better for the soil.

>> non alcoholic beer. Will that work?

Colorado State University Entomology Professor Whitney Cranshaw did a study and found a rough inverse relationship between beer quality and power to attract slugs. "Kingsbury Malt Beverage" was their very favorite! (They didn't like pink Chablis or tap water.)

Sugar-water plus yeast was as effective as Coors or Miller Light, but not as good as Bud.

(Go here and then page down to the bottom:
http://www.ghorganics.com/page13.html )

If the non-alcholic beer doesn't draw them, try sugar-water plus yeast - one packet yeast plus 8 oz warm water plus a little sugar (I would start with 1/2 - 1 teaspoon as a guess - too much will slow their growth).

Probably best to incubate it warm or at room remperature for a while, so the yeast get active and multiply before being put out in the cold. Once the yeast start growing, you should be able to dilute it up up with more warm sugar water - say up to a quart or more. Maybe corn syrup could be substitued for sugar.



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Happy_1
Oct 27, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Hi Rick,

Certainly will take this as a thing to do. Thank you so much for your info.

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Happy_1
Oct 28, 2011 1:23 PM CST
I got a total of one last night.

My DD put out cheap beer and got nothing. She finally gave them a Heiny and they loved it. But, she lives in a well-to-do neighborhood.. Rolling on the floor laughing

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gingin
Oct 28, 2011 2:49 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing to all the comments. I had fun doing the picture for this tip Whistling And Brenda when you're ready for a cold one in the Florida sun...come on down...the slugs and I will be happy to share Rolling my eyes. Angel
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RickCorey
Oct 28, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Hoity-toity slugs! Now I've heard everything.

I must have low-class slugs. After all, they're attracted to MY yard. And they like the cheapest "malt beverage" on the shelf.

NO WAY I'll ever give slugs the beer I like!



Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Oct 29, 2011 6:51 AM CST
With the amount of slugs that are here, I will try anything! I've had a few before, but now they have taken over.

Hap
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gingin
Oct 29, 2011 1:01 PM CST
Hey Rick...you can always save the bottom of the bottle/can where the spit is...they don't care Hilarious! Hilarious!
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