Slugs are finding their way into my garden container and wreaking their slimy havoc. I put a beer trap out for them to see if that will work. Does anyone have a tried-and-true effective method to keep slugs away? Prevention would make me the happiest.
Though fall will soon bring an end to the season here in Massachusetts, I want to be prepared for next time.
(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
Tried pellets. Tried beer traps. Tried going out at night with a torch and a bucket of salty water.
Nothing worked effectively. Until the frogs took over the small pond we have. Since then, zero problem. I hope one day we get a hedgehog as well.
Thank you for the realistic perspective, Harters. I may try putting a band of copper mesh around the top of the container. I heard that slugs don’t like crawling over copper. If I attempt the copper mesh, I’ll report back.
Makes sense. This summer we have had fairly regular rain, following a drought last summer. Probably why the slugs did not attack last year. We also used to live on property that had very sandy soil, so slugs are something I hadn’t dealt with until we came to this house.
I can tell you what not to do and that’s using slug and snail bait. It worked but there was a huge worm kill off. The garden still thrived probably due to the copious amount of compost I worked in for my veggies.
Great tip. The slug and snail bait might work for me because container gardening is all we can do, vegetable-wise. Veg or herbs that we plant in the garden either get eaten by the abundant various critters or tromped on by wild turkeys. Chili peppers are the only thing that nothing seems to touch–except the one time a critter took a single bite of a ripe red cherry pepper and cast it aside. Wish I had seen that surprised chomper in action.