6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Snails & Slugs in the Garden

Snails and slugs may seem fairly harmless but if they aren’t managed then they may cause all sorts of gardening problems due to their immense appetite. Try these five natural remedies to get rid of snails and slugs in the garden.

How to Get Rid of Snails & Slugs

How to Get Rid of Slugs & Snails

1. Sprinkle Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
This natural powder is somewhat of a hidden gem when it comes to natural pest control. Buy some food-grade diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it on areas where the snails and slugs frequent. Diatomaceous earth has microscopic edges that can pierce the bodies of slugs and snails.

2. Introduce Natural Predators
Birds love pecking at snails and slugs. Attract the birds to the backyard by setting up a birdbath. You could also consider other natural predators like beneficial insects. If conditions allow, you may want to buy praying mantis egg cases and let these insects handle the pest problem

Use Diatomaceous Earth

3. Set up a Beer Container Trap
First, find a spot in the garden where you can bury a container. The container should be buried deep enough so that the rim is level with the ground. Next, find some stale, flat beer and pour it into the container (about an inch deep). The snails and slugs will be attracted to the smell of the beer and drop themselves into the trap.

4. Set up a Hiding Place Trap
Snails and slugs like to hide in dark, damp spaces. Find a wet piece of wood or wooden plank and place it near an area where snails and slugs are frequently spotted. The next morning, check the wooden plank and get rid of any critters attached to it.

5. Use Emptied Grapefruit Halves
Slice a grapefruit in half then scoop out and enjoy the grapefruit flesh. Next, place the emptied grapefruit halves near affected plants and leave them overnight. You should find plenty of slugs and snails in it the next morning.

6. Scatter Egg Shells
Break egg shells into tiny pieces then scatter them on the garden soil. Snails and slugs don’t like egg shells because of their sharp edges.

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Last Modified on February 6, 2018 -