HOW TO GET RID OF GARDEN SLUGS
HOME REMEDIES TO KILL SLUGS
Warning! Do not Drive Or Operate Heavy Machinery After Preparing This Remedy.
Drink 1 or 2 cans or bottles of beer leaving a large swallow in each one. Place containers on ground
in areas where you are seeing them and leave for 24 hours. Slugs will crawl into the containers, drink the beer and become
intoxicated and trapped inside. Discard cans in garbage. Please do not recycle these cans.
Spread non toxic diatomaceous earth in gardens and other areas where you are seeing the
slugs. Since slugs come from other locations, a barrier of DE should be spread around the perimeter of your flower and
vegetable gardens when planted and should be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks. A light coating should suffice.
How To Get Rid Of Garden Slugs
Baits containing iron phosphates such as sluggo snail & slug
give good control and may be used in home vegetable and flower gardens, around ornamentals and in greenhouses and lath houses.
The baits are applied to the soil surface, not directly on the plants. It is often better to put out baits before the plants
are up or transplants set out as the slug is more likely to find and feed on baits when other food is not readily available. Slugs
feed at night so it is best to shake bait out in the evening.
Snail & Slug Control
Garden Slugs are active
mostly at night, and the slime trail they leave is an indication of their presence. Early in the morning this trail may appear
as silver streaks on the plant surface, but as the day progresses it dries out and becomes less visible. (In contrast, caterpillars
which cause similar feeding injury do not leave a slime trail.)
DAMAGE THEY CAN DO
Slugs and are often present in greenhouses throughout the year and in home vegetable gardens, flower
and ornamental borders during most of the summer. Injury to plants consists of chewed holes in leaves, stems, flowers and
fruit. Seedlings may be totally destroyed.
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION
Garden Slugs and are molluscs, a group of invertebrate animals with soft unsegmented bodies. Garden
Slugs are often described as snails without a shell, while snails bodies are enclosed in calcareous shells. They move along
by secreting a path of mucus.
Many species overwinter in the egg stage, but slug eggs may also be found at other times of the year. Slug
eggs resemble little round spheres, are whitish to clear in color, and are often found in masses just below the soil surface.
The young slugs resemble the slug adults and begin feeding as soon as they hatch. The life span for most species is usually
less than one year.
Immature and adult garden slugs that overwinter become active in the early spring when temperatures
are consistently above 40 degrees F (5 degrees C). A wet spring and early summer usually result in a buildup of garden slug
populations. Dry weather is often detrimental to slugs, and they may either die or burrow deeper into the soil to await moist
conditions. Cool damp fall weather is conducive to much garden slug injury.
Slugs Unusual Mating Habits
Slugs have both male and female reproductive organs, they mate with themselves if no other slugs
The great grey garden slug's penis is nearly half its total body length.
In fact, penis size is reflected in the scientific name of one banana slug species: dolichophallus -- Latin for "long penis."