Garden Slugs - Knowledgebase Question

Pensacola, Fl
Question by mjf982
June 30, 2010
Are the black garden slugs a danger to the plants and if so how do I get rid of them?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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Slugs can and do eat various garden plants. Have you tried making traps for the slugs? 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 (or sugar/yeast mix) 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. Another option is Sluggo, an iron-based product that is harmful only to them.

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