There are a variety of problems that people with green thumbs can experience as they attempt to establish a thriving garden. A lack of good soil, indirect sunlight, poor watering, and pests are some of the most destructive elements in regards to gardens. Among the pests, though, one stands as a nuisance and a source of potential devastation for one’s precious greens: slugs. Generally speaking, there are preventative measures which can deter slugs and removal methods that can take slugs out of the garden. Using these two elements in conjunction with one another will reveal how to get rid of slugs in gardens.
Preventative methods of pest control are very important to consider with regards to keeping slugs from entering the garden in the first place or keeping them out once they have been removed. The first preventative method that has to be considered is a barrier that would make it difficult for the slugs to enter the garden at all. The primary form of barrier that is often used to stop slugs is a moderately thick strip of copper or copper tape. Copper tape acts as an irritant to the slugs and their slimy bodies, and many slugs would rather not cross the tape in search of food. This can be created out of sheet metal or bought in a gardening store that sells pest control items.
Another factor that is useful to consider from the perspective of preventative methods for garden slugs is making the garden area inhospitable for them. The fact is that the most slugs do not wish to go into a garden that is very dry in order to eat the leaves of other plants. They prefer humid and moist areas. By properly managing one’s garden so that there is not excessive amounts of moisture, by using a fixed structure for example, one can likely control the influx of slugs into the garden.
The final preventative measure that is important to consider from this standpoint is the use of salt as a barrier that is placed around the garden. Salt wicks moisture away from the bodies of slugs, acting as an irritant. Unlike the copper that is placed around the garden, salt will actually cause the slugs to die if they take too long in passing over it. Putting salt on the copper barrier that is made for one’s garden could make most slugs turn back from the garden and keep your plants safe. Still, it is important to remember that salt can be bad for plants and must be placed a reasonable distance away.
The alternative to barriers is the removal of slugs from the garden, a process that often necessitates exterminating them through various means. While unpleasant, many people understand that it is worth protecting their plants from slugs using any means necessary. One of the ways that a garden can be rid of slugs is through setting traps that attract the slugs and keep them away from plants. A common trap that is implemented is the milk trap. Fresh milk is placed in a container, such as a plastic cup, and then dug into the garden soil near plants that need protection. The slugs will opt for the scent that comes from the milk, tumbling into the cups and being unable to escape. The milk can be combined with a thickening agent such as cornstarch or honey to prevent escape. These traps can be replaced on every other day until slugs are no longer a problem and barrier methods can be put into place.
A more direct from of pesticide that is easy to create at home is made from water and ammonia. A person can simply combined six parts of water with one part of ammonia to create a rather potent homemade pesticide that can eliminate slugs with a simple and effective spray. However, it is important to realize that slugs tend to be more active around nightfall, so you may need to find the places where the slugs are hiding during the day and eliminate them there. Otherwise, a nightly ritual of shining a flashlight and using traps to eliminate your slug problem in the garden is an effective way of being rid of slugs.
Overall, it is clear that slugs are a mild nuisance in the best cases and outright destructive in the worst cases. As someone who is looking into how to get rid of slugs in garden areas, it is important to be proactive. The barriers that have been described are an effective and humane way to prevent slugs from entering into your garden and could save your plants. However, traps and sprays can eliminate those slugs that have already taken root in the garden and must be eliminated. Following these simple steps can save your garden and plants from the difficulties of slugs in a fast and inexpensive manner.
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