Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Control garden slugs naturally

Slugs don’t need much to thrive in your garden; a little shade and moisture will encourage them to stay around a damage your leafy vegetables and ornamentals. Here are a few suggestions on how to control slugs. Slugs are attracted to beer.
Bury a wide-mouth jar up to its neck or set the jar lid in the garden with beer. The slugs will crawl in and drown.
Set a flower pot upside down with a rock under one edge to raise it slightly. Left overnight, the slugs will find their way in.
Another simple trap is to place a wide board on the ground. Slugs will hide under it during the day. Melon rinds and grapefruit rinds turned upside down work the same way. Pick up the rind and dispose of it.
Use copper strips or copper tubing in areas where you’re having slug problems.
Slugs won’t crawl over the copper because the copper delivers a small electric shock when they come in contact with it.
Apply organic baits such as Sluggo®. After eating Sluggo® slugs will stop feeding and die. Sluggo® is good for earwigs, also.
Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized remains of hard-shelled algae and comes in a powder form. Applied around your plants, diatomaceous earth will slice up any slugs that try to cross it. Crushed egg shells work in the same way. Another effective way to discourage slugs is to water your garden in the morning. It’ll be dry by sunset and less likely to attract slugs.  

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