Slugs and Snails

By Paul Epsom


"By Paul Epsom from The Victory Garden
Posted on July 19, 2010

Slugs and snails cause all kinds of gardening woes so it is important to be vigilant.

To ward off snails and slugs in your garden—I like to use a multi-pronged attack. One way to go is to use bait pellets or slug pellets. Typically the old fashion variety is extremely toxic so you have to be very careful where you use them. But there is a whole range of more pet-friendly, less toxic varieties out there—so keep an eye out for those.

It is also important to be clean and sanitary in your gardening. Don't leave piles of dead, decaying debris around because the slugs and snails will head right for them – looking for a place to lay their eggs for winter. Also keep an eye on all those damp nooks and crannies you might have in your stonewall—they like to hide there too.

Now—what else can you do?

Rather than using the pellets you can try using what's called diatomaceous earth, which contains fossilized remains of small seashells and sea creatures. It is incredibly sharp and the slugs can't crawl across it so you can put rings around boxes or other gardening spaces—to keep back the snails and slugs.

Copper wire or copper tape with adhesive on one side also works—for some reason; they don't like crawling across copper either.

If all else fails, how about inviting the slugs and snails over for a plateful of beer. Slugs and snails are attracted to yeasty substances and beer draws them in and then they usually drown in it.

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