Want to know how to get rid of slugs from your garden and yard?
Use iron phosphate pellets. These small slug-killing pellets can be found in garden centers, for spreading around your yard. The slugs are attracted to them, but once consumed will cause their deaths within a week. This treatment is safe for most pets and edible plants, but it may still be a good idea to minimize use. Commercial names include Sluggo, Slug Magic, and Escar-Go.
Slug control isn’t that difficult, but can often be a hassle. Use these tips and this video to help you with you’re slug control. Slugs are slimy and nasty, and can be a complete nu-sense.
Grow plants that deter slugs. Certain plants keep slugs away because of their taste, texture, or toxins. Plant these in a barrier around the entirety of your garden, or keep one near each other plant. These are not 100% immune, but they will deter many slugs for no effort besides the initial planting.
Try the following species:
*Herbs: ginger, garlic, chives, mint, and chicory.
*Vegetables: bitter greens are generally less appealing to slugs than sweet greens. Try planting kale, spring cabbage, or sprouting broccoli.
*Hosta varieties with blue leaves are more resistant.
*Flowers for full shade: Astilbe, Dicentra, Digitalis (foxglove), Lobelia, Viola (some pansies and violets). Also Ranunculus (buttercups) and Vinca, but these spread rapidly.
*Flowers for partial shade: Phlox, Campanula, Hemerocallis. Also Mentha, but this spreads rapidly.
You can also use coffee as a slug repellent. Slugs do not like the coffee and it will help deter them.
You can also attract bird by using bird feeders around the slug infested areas, as birds love to feed on slugs…
Use birds to your advantage. The biggest natural predators for slugs are birds; ducks, chickens, robins, jays, and other common species all enjoy a slug meal. If you’re not too squeamish, you can pick out slugs and toss them to the wild birds in the morning; they will become conditioned to look for slugs in your area over time, and you won’t have to ‘feed’ them for long. You can also let your chickens or ducks, if you have domesticated ones, eat the slugs from your garden on a daily basis.
Keep a close eye on your chickens, as they may eat plants as well. Encourage birds to nest in your garden by providing hedges or dense shrubbery, bird feeders, and a bird bath.
Slugs are often attracted to our gardens, and then will spread throughout our lawns unless taken care of. Use these methods above, and especially the bird feeders to get rid of slugs. Bird feeders will really help attract the birds, and will take care of the slug problem. The birds are also fun to watch. 🙂