Do you have a slug problem?

Here are some clever ways of dealing with them without harming your garden or other wild life

Do you have a slug problem?
This creates a rough barrier that slugs and snails just hate to cross. However be sure not to use the ash from a fire that’s burnt household waste because it could contain toxins.

Beer Trap
Bury a conrtainer in the ground and half fill it with beer. This intoxicating aroma attracts the slug which falls in and drowns. Keep the edgeat least an inch above the soil to prevent the slug-eating ground beetle from the same fate.

Bark Chippings
A coarse layer of bark chippings makes a decorative and effective slug barrier.

Old bricks have natural cavities on one side, providing a cool place for a slug to hide when the sun is out. Place a few around the garden and check frequently to dispose of any that you find sheltering there.

Slugs are Cannibals
Slugs also eat their own kind if they find dead ones. Squash a couple and wait for them to tuck in, you can now dispose of the ones that come to dine!

Cat or Dog Food
Use dried dog or cat food as a bait to capture slugs

Support your pots and containers on copper bases. The slug’s slime reacts with the copper to produce a small electric shock that stops it from reaching your plants.

Copper Rings
Solid copper rings of all shapes and sizes can be used to encircle small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Rings that clip together are ideal as they are easy to slip round established plant stems, these can also be joined together to form a larger barrier.

Egg shells
The rough shells like ash are a perfect barrier to keep slugs and snails at bay. Again these contain nutrients to enrich the soil.

Next time you are brushing your hair make sure not to throw away the contents of the brush as this acts as a protective barrier around your plants and it will entangle and deter slugs. Freshly cut hair is very uncomfortable for them to slide over. Hair is also beneficial to the soil as it will add some nitrogen to the soil as it decomposes.