Pest Control News

Friday, 8 March 2019

Slug Removal Remedies

Slugs are not only unsightly, but they can cause havoc in your garden. Once the rain comes, you may see an abundance of slugs. This is due to the wet conditions they prefer. In order to combat slugs, there are a number of options. Of course you can buy slug pellets, a tried and proven remedy to get rid of these pests. However, if you are looking for more natural remedies then we have you covered there too! Below we have some tips to naturally eliminate your slug problem. 

  • Slugs love beer

Well who doesn’t? On a serious note though, they are attracted to the beer. Best thing to do is place a small tin or glass of beer in the ground. The slugs will consume the beer and in doing so will fall in and drown. 

  • Egg Shells and Nut Shells

An alternative method to get rid of slugs is using crushed egg shells or nut shells. It is suggested that the sharp edges of these shells will deter slugs as they would hurt themselves trying to get over them. So scattering these shells around your plants should build a good defence shield. 

  • Petroleum Jelly

Like using egg or nut shells, petroleum jelly or Vaseline can work wonders in protecting your plants. Slugs are not fans of petroleum jelly and will not cross it. Plants = safe. 

  • Seaweed

Seaweed has many good uses, both in the sea and on land. Adding seaweed, either fresh or powdered is not only a great addition to your soil due to the nutrients it can offer but it is a natural slug repellent. Mixing it with your soil when planting can help keep those slugs away. 

  • Natural Predators 

There are of course many natural predators to slugs too. These may not be a danger to your plants, so allowing the following predators in your garden may not be a bad idea. Hedgehogs, birds, frogs and ground beetles will feed on slugs. 

Although slugs are not a pest that we treat traditionally, we thought it would be helpful to offer some advice on how you can make your garden thrive by dealing with these pests!
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