10 Remedies For Early Spring Slugs
Slugs are a massive problem for any conscientious gardener. We spend countless hours tending to our gardens, planting fruits and vegetables, only for them then to be ruined by these slimy pests! Fortunately, we’ve got some great pest insect home remedies for you.
Slugs are just one pest that can inhabit your garden, so if you need assistance contact us to get the best advice on all natural methods of pest control. In the meantime, take a look!
- Beer trap – Slugs can’t resist beer. Half burying a cup in the soil close to your plants and filling it with beer will tempt the slugs, who will then fall into the cup.
- Copper tape – Copper is a natural slug repellent, as a slug’s slime reacts with the metal and produces a small electric shock. Placing the tape around the rim of your plant pots could save them from becoming a meal.
- Eggshells – Crushed egg shells are too sharp for a slug to cross, so they will avoid them at all costs. Place them around your garden to keep your plants safe.
- Nutshells – Broken nutshells work in the same way as crushed eggs shells.
- Petroleum Jelly – The slippery texture makes it difficult for slugs to grip, so placing it around your plant tubs and even on the stalks is a great natural solution.
- Coffee – Slugs hate coffee, making is an amazing home remedy for the garden. Ground coffee beans sprinkled on the ground around the plants will be instantly effective. Try to use beans with high caffeine content. If you don’t have any coffee beans, try your local coffee shop. Many offer the used grounds from their machines free of charge.
- Seaweed – Fresh and powdered seaweed keeps slugs away and is great for your soil too. It’s got a really high salt content, which we know slugs aren’t keen on.
- Grapefruit – Slugs love citrus. Using empty grapefruit rinds upside down, and popping them in the ground. Slugs will hide in them, and you can dispose of them in the morning.
- Natural predators – Animals like birds and hedgehogs love slugs. Make your back garden more appealing to them with feeders and shelters, and they’ll handle your slug problem for you!
- Plants – Some plants repel insects, like rosemary, so are a great prevention method. Plus they look really pretty in your garden too.