7 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails
Here is a quick summary on getting rid of slugs and snails.
- Create a beer trap that’ll drown the snails.
- Grow companion plants that deter slugs.
- Build natural hiding place traps around the backyard.
- Apply vinegar spray at the slugs and snails.
- Set up a grapefruit trap near high-traffic snail areas.
- Attract beneficial insects like ground beetles.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth near high-traffic pest areas.
Effective Snail & Slug Control Products
Here are some immediate solutions you can purchase to get rid of snails and slugs in the backyard. Protect your garden before it’s too late.
Monterrey Snail & Slug Killer
These pellets are made using iron phosphate. According to the product description, it can be safely used around pets and beneficial wildlife species.
Garden Safe bait
Sprinkle these pellets around high-traffic slug areas. It may take a couple of applications to see results. Slugs and snails that consume this bait will become less mobile and die within a few days.
How to Get Rid of Snails & Snugs
Create a beer trap
Apparently, slugs aren’t all that different when it comes to appreciating alcohol. The scent of yeast can attract the slugs. If they reach too far into the beer cup then they will drop in and drown.
Introduce Beneficial Bugs
Beneficial insects are bugs that can help control pest populations in the garden or backyard. Ground beetles and marsh flies are examples of beneficial insects. If you have a pond in your backyard then it may also help to have some frogs around.
Use Companion Plants
There are certain plants that deter slugs and snails. Grow these plants around and in-between your valuable crop. Plants you may want to consider include: hydrangeas, lavender, sage, yucca, creeping thyme, rosemary, and mints.
Hiding Place Traps
Slugs love to take shelter under certain objects like wooden planks and stones. Place these objects around your garden at night when the slugs and snails are most active. By the next morning, you should have plenty of slugs and snails chilling in your makeshift shelter. Scrape them off and discard them at an appropriate location.
Apply Vinegar Spray
Vinegar solution can be an effective home remedy to get rid of slugs and snails. Set up a wooden board at night so the slugs and snails can accumulate. The next morning, check your board for any unwanted customers and spray them with vinegar solution. Make sure you don’t get any of the solution on the plants themselves.
Set up a Grapefruit Trap
Slugs love grapefruits. Cut the grapefruit in halves and empty out the good portion for you to consume. Once all the goodies have been taken out, place the grapefruit halves upside down in your garden and leave them there overnight.
Common Types of Slugs & Snails
Before you go ahead and try one of the seven natural methods above, it may help to be able to first identify the types of slugs and snails you are dealing with. Common types of slugs include the garden slug, field slug, black slug, and the keel slug.
Out of the four, the garden slug is typically the smallest. Unfortunately, their size doesn’t equate to their appetite as garden slugs are known devour anything in its way. Garden slugs have a blackish body with a pale side. The field slug is also small in size and has a voracious appetite. They usually have a grey appearance and typically feed on the surface of plants.
When it comes to snails, you are most likely going to encounter species like the garden snail. Referred to as Helix aspersa, the garden snail has a brownish body and typically has a cream-colored shell. Garden snails are most active at night and hibernate during the winter months. They feed on a variety of plants including fruits and crop vegetables so it is in your best interest to get rid of these snails as soon as you see signs of them appearing in your garden.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.