Slug Control In The Garden

Slug control in the garden! Learn organic gardening tricks that farmers have used for ages!

Do you have slimy slugs eating your plants? Well, this will help! There are many conventional tips here that can help, but there is also a very creative solution to this age-old problem. Yes, you can use those nasty pesticides. Yes, you can try to get the slugs to scurry on their way with various toxins, but how about a plan that puts no harmful chemicals anywhere near your plants?

1. One way to beat slugs is by taking some of their deceased buddies and mixing them in water. Use one pint of water and 1/2 cup of slug carcasses. I know this is rather unsettling, but it does work. Would you want to be lunching in a graveyard? Here is how you make the solution:

Blend the water and insects until mixed well and then put into a plastic container or glass jar. To use this, put the mixture into a sprayer and squirt a few drops on the affected plants. You can freeze this mixture for storage.

*Beware: Do NOT use flies, ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes in this solution! These insects carry many communicable human diseases!

2. Another way to stop the slugs is with soapy water. You can just use your old, dirty dishwater. Just collect some of the water in a pan and pour it into a watering can or even use a pitcher to pour it over the plants. This works really well on hostas and other hardy plants. Slugs do not like their lunch spoiled by a soapy aftertaste! For a stronger solution, mix 3 Tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water, I prefer Dawn, but any will do.

3. Here is the recipe for a garlic spray that fights slugs too. Slugs must not like eating Italian. To make this smelly spray, use the following list of ingredients:

1 garlic bulb

1 quart of water

1 medium onion

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon liquid soap

Crush the garlic, mincing it fine. Add finely chopped onion to the mixture, while adding the rest of the ingredients except the soap. Wait an hour before adding the soap to the mixture. The spicy ingredients must sort of stew or steep, almost like tea. After an hour, add the soap and your non-toxic spray is ready to use! This can be stored in the fridge for a week.

Now are you ready for a really creative way to kick the slugs to the curb? Well, here it is. Do you have a 2-liter bottle? I'm sure that you do. We are going to construct a kind of slug motel. The slugs check in, but they don't check out. Things you need:

2 liter bottle

A few staples or a paper clip

Cut the top 1/3 off of the 2-liter bottle, right where the neck comes down where the paper label is. Around 4 inches below the neck place the top or neck portion of the 2-liter and place it into the bottom of the 2-liter bottle. Paper clip or staple these together. It will look like a closed funnel when the slug motel is constructed. Take a tablespoon full of slug bait (this can be found in any hardware or gardener supply store) or pour 1/4 cup of beer into the inside portion of the slug motel or funnel area. The beer seems to work better than the slug bait.

Slug bait seems to draw many different kinds of bugs. The beer only attracts slugs. The slugs find their way into the bottle after being lured by the bait, and they can not get out. After a few weeks you can toss the whole thing away, or you can use the carcasses to make the insecticide mentioned in example #1. You can make several of these bottles up for around the garden areas of your home. Use one every 20 feet approximately.

*Be sure to put the bait on the inside of the funnel area of the bottle, for this keeps the beer and harmful pesticides or the slug pellets away from pets and kids.

*This also works for spiders and grasshoppers too!

*This is also how you catch the slugs for the slug carcass spray too!

Remember that there is almost always a less toxic way to protect your home and garden from pests. You can keep your garden free from pesticides while maintaining your organic garden, as long as you are creative and always open to new ideas.

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