Killing Snails & Slugs
- To attract and kill slugs and snails that attack the plants in your veggie patch make a simple trap out of a recycled plastic milk bottle. Simply cut the bottom 5-8cms from the bottle, sink it into the soil so the top rim is level with the soil and fill with beer, which will attract them from all around the garden.
- Another great organic tip for getting rid of slugs and snails is to place some porridge or oats around your new seedlings or plants. The snails and slugs will actually eat the oats and it then causes them to bloat and die.
- Remove large weeds, garden rubbish or old stacks of bricks and pavers from around your garden beds as these are the favourite hiding places for snails and slugs during the daytime.
- On a rainy night put on your gumboots and go outside with a torch and see just how many snails and slugs you can trample to death. If you do this for a few nights in a row then you will notice that there are hardly any of these pests left in your garden area.
- If you have some old copper wire or pipes hangin around then use them to create a barrier that the snails and slugs will refuse to cross. Copper is toxic to snails so by putting a length of it around your vegetable garden you can make sure that they don't eat your lettuce and other leafy vegetables.
- Both snails and slugs do not like travelling over objects that apear sharp to them. This is why if you place broken egg shells or pine needles around your vegetables these garden pests will stay away and not eat them.
- Snails will not be able to damage seedlings or plants if you sprinkle sawdust around the plants, as the sawdust sticks to them and they can't crawl over it. This method for stopping slugs and snails is obviously only effective if it is not raining.
- If snails and slugs are ruining your garden plants then place a few slices of cucumber in a small aluminum container and position it near your plants. The chemicals in the cucumber will react with the aluminum to give off a smell that is undetected by humans but repels garden pests.
- A natural chemical bait that kills all varieties of slugs and snails is iron phosphate. It is a very effective organic bait that has the added advantage of being safe if eaten by other animals like dogs.
- If you live in a smi-rural area then you may can't to consider getting some ducks of chickens for your backyard. Not only will the kids love them but these birds will also eat all of the snails and slugs in and around your garden.
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