Best way to get rid of slugs and snails
Experts don't recommend using commercial snail baits or insecticides due to the potential risks they pose to other wildlife.
Instead, they recommend trying what's called "cultural control" which basically is "going out at night with a torch and plucking them off" Professor Hochuli shared.
With this method, Dr Pfueller recommends disposing the slugs and snails in a container with dishwashing detergent and water in it. As just squashing them in the garden isn't ideal, because their eggs can still yield babies.
Some other methods include:
- Letting chickens loose in the garden but be conscious that chooks like vegies too.
- Putting beer or a yeast extract spread in a container and placing it in problem areas, the yeast will draw them in.
- Strategically placing onions, chives and garlic around the edges of your crops.
- Planting your seedlings inside upcycled toilet rolls.
- Lining your garden bed with copper tape that shocks snails and slugs as they try to creep over. Or trying making a simple trap, click here for the tutorial.
- Putting wood ash, shavings, crushed eggshells or mulch around the edge of your garden or specific plants.
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