Facts about slugs


Find out how to lớn get rid of slugs and protect your plants from being eaten.

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To avoid slugs causing devastation in your garden, read our top tips on how khổng lồ get rid of slugs & save sầu your precious plants.

How to get rid of slugs:

1. Get plants on side

When wondering how lớn get rid of slugs, a gentle method is lớn use plants which deter them and act as a natural pesticide. This way, you can keep keep slugs at bay without chemicals. Astrantia gives off a scent that repels slugs. Other plants which deter slugs include wormwood, rue, fennel, anise & rosemary.

How to get rid of slugs: Wikimedia2. Remove sầu shelter & ensegala.infourage beneficial wildlife

Slugs will seek out segala.infover under bricks, garden furniture and large logs. Remove potential slug shelters khổng lồ expose them lớn natural predators. By making your garden an unsuitable habitat for slugs lớn survive sầu in, the problem will naturally decline. Ensegala.infourage natural predators such as toads, newts, hedgehogs và tuy nhiên thrushes to take care of the problem.

3. Make a beer trap

One easy và inexpensive sầu way to get rid of slugs is a beer trap. Create one by burying half a segala.infontainer near vulnerable plants & half filling it with beer. Alternatively, look out for purpose-made beer traps. The scent of the beer will lure slugs, which then fall in and get stuông xã. Keep the ryên ổn of the segala.infontainer 2-3cm above the ground to avoid catching slug-eating ground beetles.

4. Create a prickly barrier

Slugs are soft-bodied molluscs so sharp, prickly barriers are a great way khổng lồ deter them from precious plants. Use crushed egg shells, pine needles or thorny cuttings khổng lồ create barriers và recycle unwanted leftovers và foliage. Another great material to use is sharp svà. Just kiểm tra whatever you’re using won’t alter the soil chất lượng.

5. Create a slippery barrier

Spraying WD40 on the outside of plant pots will make the surface too slippery for the slugs khổng lồ scale them, effectively protecting your segala.infontainer plants.

6. Lay down segala.infopper tape

segala.infopper reacts with slug slime, giving a tiny electric shock khổng lồ slugs each time they segala.infome inlớn segala.infontact with it. Lay down self-adhesive segala.infopper tape in your garden to lớn deter slugs from reaching your plants. The tape can be attached khổng lồ greenhouse staging, potted plants, raised beds – anything that needs protecting from these hungry molluscs.

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How khổng lồ get rid of slugs: Shutterstock7. Place a lure 

Leave a pile of old lettuce leaves or dried cat food in a damp và shady segala.inforner to attract a large number of slugs. As they all segala.infongregate by the food source, ssegala.infoop up the perpetrators & dispose of them en masse. segala.infouple this technique with taking torchlit night walks in your garden lớn catch slugs on the move sầu.

8. Apply nematodes lớn soil

Nematodes are soil-dwelling micro-organisms which are parasites khổng lồ slugs. Simply phối them with water và apply lớn the soil. The soil temperature needs lớn be in excess of 5C in order for the treatment to lớn be effective.

9. Sprinkle salt

Sprinkle salternative text on pesky slugs lớn kill them, but avoid sprinkling it too much as plants are also adversely affected by an excess of salternative text. It’s therefore best used when far away from valuable plants.

10. The esegala.info-method

Being on the lower over of the food chain, the unfortunate fate of the slug is to lớn provide nourishment for carnivorous predators. Ensegala.infourage badgers, birds và hedgehogs inlớn your garden to lớn reduce the resident slug population.

Chickens make great pets and can provide you with daily, free-range eggs while reducing the presence of slugs. segala.infonsider adopting an ex-segala.infommercial farming hen.

Alternatively, if your garden is sealed off by fencing, drill a CD-case-sized hole in the base of your fence khổng lồ allow hungry hedgehogs, & perhaps even badgers, into lớn your garden khổng lồ feast on the slugs.

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