Slugs - Knowledgebase Question

Canton, Ma
Question by bobharuk
July 2, 2010
What is the best way to eliminate slugs?


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010

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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 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. An alternative is to use a slug bait such as the iron based Sluggo. It is harmless to people, pets and wildlife but effectively controls slugs. Any product that is not consumed by slugs breaks down into simple iron and is absorbed by the earth. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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