8 Ways to Get Rid of Slugs.

Slugs. They eat dahlias, strawberries, potatoes, roses, tulips, carrots and anything on the verge of decomposing. BUT they’re also food for birds and other animals. Here’s how to get rid of slugs without killing anything else.

A glass milk bottle filled with homemade slug bait with a handwritten label stating "Slug Chug".

Ground Boogers. The mushy blob of goo that slimes its way around your garden eating hostas, strawberries and everything in between.  Those hateful little snots can somehow make their way from the garden dirt to the tips of all of your plants without the benefit of arms or legs.

If the Paralympics allowed shell-less terrestrial gastropod molluscs to compete … slugs would win it all.

I don’t have to worry about my slugs on my hostas, my chickens have eaten all of my hostas. But Strawberries?  Yes, I need to worry about my strawberries.

Last year I put straw beneath my strawberries to keep them clean. It worked.  Those slug eaten strawberries filled with ant tunnels and slug snot didn’t have a single speck of dirt on them.  Just slugs.  They had lots of slugs on them

Straw you see is the perfect hiding spot for slugs to bed down in during the day. At night they flip off their straw blanket and worm their way around the fruit salad until it’s time to go to get into their straw bed again.

I hate them.

The other problem is slugs don’t really like strawberries. They, like a lot of pests, take a few bites then skulk away.

Rotting strawberry being eaten by ants.

THAT’S when the opportunistic pests like woodlice and ants move in.

This year I’ve noticed them ravaging the first sprouts of dahlias I have planted around my front garden.  I will not have it. WILL NOT.

I have come SO close to buying lethal slug pellets. It isn’t the inorganic nature of the pellets that stops me from using them, it’s the birds and other animals. You poison a slug, you poison a bird. You also take away a big food source for them if you kill all the slugs.

But at the same time slugs are incredibly destructive.

So …

How to get rid of slugs?

  1. Clean up the garden. Slugs are snails without shells basically so they are always looking for protective spots to hide out under leaves, boards or mulch. 
  2. Attract slug predators. Put a birdbath in your garden to attract birds.  More birds = less slugs.
  3. Diatomaceous earth is always recommended but honestly, it’s not very effective. A ring of it around your plant might slow a slug down but it won’t stop them. It’s also rendered useless when it gets wet.
  4. First Saturday Lime is different than Diatomaceous earth and more effective from what I can tell.
  5. Iron Phosphate (the active ingredient in Sluggo) is said to be safe for use around gardens, pets, birds etc. It disturbs the slug gut and prevents it from eating which kills it within 3-6 days. You should still be careful when using it because although not lethal if a pet were to eat enough of the bait it could make it sick.
  6. Ferric Sodium is a newer organic active ingredient in slug killers like Safers Slug & Snail killer that works similarly to Iron Phosphate but more quickly. Same safety level around wildlife and pets.
  7. DON’T overwater. Slugs love moisture.

How can you DIY slugs away right now? The old wives tale about using a slug beer trap  – actually works. It’s more labour intensive than baits but also safer.

But beer is for drinking, not for catching ground boogers.  So instead of cracking open a $4 Guinness or a slightly cheaper Stella Artois, hell, even a Budweiser … you can make this DIY slug bait instead.

DIY Slug Bait

It’s the yeast in beer that slugs are attracted to, so as long as you can concoct something that replicates that, you’re golden.

This recipe also includes sugar and flour for the yeast to feed on.


2 cups water
2 tsps sugar or honey
2 tsp flour
1 tsp yeast


Pouring water from Pyrex measuring cup into clear glass milk bottle.

  1. Add 2 cups of water to a jar or jug.

And yup. This is exactly how stained my fingers and nails are at this time of year.

Pouring sugar into glass milk bottle.

2. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.


Glass milk bottle with teaspoon filled with flour beside it on marble counter.

3. Add 2 teaspoons of flour.


Pouring yeast grains from teaspoon into glass milk bottle.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of yeast.  Shake well.


Aluminum dish filled with DIY slug bait in strawberry patch.

To control slugs in the garden just put any container into the ground so the lip is at ground level.  Just dig out a bit of a hole in the soil and then pour in the slug chug.  You don’t need to fill the container to the top but make sure that your container and solution are deep enough that they won’t evaporate within a couple of days.


"Slug Chug". Milk bottle with slug bait sitting on strawberry patch bed.

Regularly check your containers for slugs and regularly replace your solution.  It’s gonna smell astonishingly gross if you don’t.

One quick tip about keeping your strawberries away from slugs and off of the ground is to run string along your strawberry bed and hook the berries over it when they start to ripen.  This helps make the berry much harder for the slug to get to (and let’s face it they may be agile but slugs are notoriously lazy).  It also keeps the berries clean.

Ripening strawberry kept off the soil by draping it over strings strung across strawberry bed.

Now you can save the beer for your more refined backyard guests. The ones who only roll around in the dirt after they’ve got at least a 6 pack into them.

DIY Slug Bait

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  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp yeast


  • Mix all the ingredients together and pour into soil level containers in the garden.


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8 Ways to Get Rid of Slugs.


  1. Teri says:

    That was the best written article ever! LOVE your sense of humor, or rather sarcasm!! I will be back for every article, whether I need it or not, now!

  2. Teri says:

    That was the best written article ever! LOVE your sense of humor, or rather sarcasm!!

  3. Bill Osborn says:


    1. I use beer, because I live in zip code 98520, there is a lot of rain. Open bowls or other containers won’t work because rain with fill the container. I use plastic jars, put about 1/2 can of cheap beer, set on the ground slug will find a way in.

    2. I hunt them, early in the morning or late in the evening. Use a plastic squirt bottle, filled with ammonia…..just walk around yard or garden area and “squirt, squirt”, they will die.

    3. Rhubarb, strawberries, beans, peas, dahlias, are also slug favorites……grrrrrrrr

    • Sally Fuller says:

      Hey I made 3 traps this morning and already had loads of slugs in them but then they disappear…am I just giving them a treat or does it kill them….??? It works a treat couldn’t believe they came out in the day for it!! Thanks so so much

  4. CaroleAnne says:

    We bought a farm last fall as the gardens were going to sleep.
    Spring Sprung and the “Booger Slugs” are everywhere this year.
    Can’t wait to use your homemade bait and throw them all a “Going Away Party” LOL

  5. MerrilyG says:

    So funny! I laughed out loud several times!
    I gave you 5 stars. Not for the recipe, too gross, but your satire was excellent. Thank you.
    I will try the lime (I have a huge bag), and if that’s not working, I’ll buy some stuff.
    Keep green my friend!

  6. Peter says:

    Tried the slug recipe last night and it was a real success- thanks very much

    I usually find small slugs with a light at night but the ones attracted included enormous slugs – as big as my little finger

    The slugs that arrived through the night and enjoyed your mixture – will they die or do I need to kill them myself

    Kind regards

    Peter , Seaford Victoria

    • Karen says:

      Hi Peter! They’ll eventually drown so you can leave them (which is what I do) but you can kill them if you want to put them out of their misery. ~ karen!

  7. Cherie says:

    Just now realized that I read 2 tsps as 2 Tbsp. Which is it? If 2 tsp of sugar, I have been putting too much into the mixture.

  8. Cherie says:

    Okay; I tried it and nothing happened –at first. Yesterday there was a slug fest. I got three large European black slugs in one container, right under the sunflower that they were devouring. A real bonus? The pill bugs and earwigs seem to like it, too. On the assumption that it is the yeast that is attracting them, I have added a bit more yeast to my latest mixture and am making the Slug Glug in a 10 cup container. 2 cups are gone in no time in my large garden. To get even more slugs, my dog and I do what I call The Slug Hunt in the evening, with a knife. She gets to spend time with Mom and I get to murder slugs, by the dozen. Just call me The Vancouver Island Slug Killer, a name I wear proudly. Well, okay, not really proudly. I actually feel badly killing them, but it is quicker than other methods, perhaps (?) more humane. After all, they do have a purpose on the planet, just not in my garden. And given I have blueberries and red currants I don’t want to attract too many birds even though I do have two bird baths in the garden. Last year, when the blueberry harvest was hardly worth picking, we entertained ourselves by watching a robin hop over to the blueberries, hop down into the bed, chomp away and then repeat the performance. It was almost to cute not to let them have their feast. This year, though, the bushes are loaded so I have told the birds to stay out of the garden. Ha!

  9. NinaMargo says:

    I almost wish I had slugs so I could try this! But… do you think it would work on those nasty earwigs that come out at night to dine on my young clematis? And, if the answer to the above is yes, is there something noxious smelling that could be added that would make my dog not want to drink it?

  10. whitequeen96 says:

    Love your “Slug Chug” bottle! Great name and wonderful drawing of the dead slug – you are so incredibly creative!

  11. bruce cheney says:

    From Humboldt county in coastal northern calif. We have really big slugs.
    Banana Slugs Sauteed

    From A Taste of Humboldt: An Historical and Ethnic Cookbook of Humboldt County, California, assembled by Humboldt State University’s Youth Educational Services.

    Ingredients and method:

    12 large banana slugs

    white vinegar


    Put the slugs in the freezer for roughly one hour. Remove and immerse them in vinegar for another hour. Slug slime will congeal. Wash the slime off thoroughly under running water. Using a very sharp knife, make a vertical cut along slug’s body and carefully remove the dark entrails. Also remove the small, fingernail-shaped shell from the slug’s head area. Sauté them well in the butter and your choice of seasoning. Serving over rice or rolled into sushi are also options.

    • whitequeen96 says:

      YUCK! I’ll eat snails (if prepared by someone else), but this sounds pretty awful! Although I did once eat a slice of “sea cucumber” at a Korean dinner and it turned out it was a giant sea slug. And it tasted pretty much like you’d think it would.

    • Lisa says:

      Please….please tell me you’re kidding.🤢
      We have large banana slugs here on Vancouver Island as well – they are useful for eating the dog poop that no one picks up which makes me not want to eat them even more😂

  12. Lez says:

    Can someone tell me if this works for Snails too please?

  13. Ann Visco says:

    I love your blog. I save it till get home from work or I will get nothing done because I go from one post to another. What I haven’t been able to find is have you ever made ice-cream? I just read an amazing article on CNN on how to make ice cream in a mason jar. With just cream and sweetened condensed milk and what ever flavors you want. It seemed like something you would have tried.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ann! I do make ice cream but I haven’t done a post on it and I have definitely never made it in a mason jar so let me know how it goes! ~ karen

  14. Ann Visco says:

    I have to pass this recipe on to my mom. I don’t currently have and slugs. I think the toads/frogs are taking care of them, but where I grew up we have something we called Leopard slugs. They are 3-6 inches long and gray with black spots. We used the beer traps but when my mom stepped on one barefoot she would dump salt on it. Cruel but slug snot on the bottom of your foot at 7am is also cruel.

    I can’t have nails with my job but I use a pumice stone in the shower to get the dirt stains off of my finger tips. I have yet to find a pair of garden gloves I’m really comfortable in. The closest I came was old riding gloves. When they were to sweat soaked and gross to wear at the barn I hardened in them. Problem was the leather was so rotten at that point they didn’t last long.

  15. Tbocci says:

    I once saw a slug dangling 15’ off a cliff from its own slime! I was impressed by this and thought Maybe they do have some redeeming qualities….
    I’ve found that if you squish one dead others come immediately to eat it, yes YUK but it brings them out into the open to pick up (I drop them in ammonia and then burn em up) or bait it with slug chug or other concoctions. I also love the egg shell and coffee grounds ideas Thank you T

  16. Lisa says:

    This spring I had slugs that were attacking a bear’s breeches plant that was just starting to grow. I put a double coil of heavy gauge copper wire around the base of the plant and they didn’t bother it again. I just happened to have the wire, but I am sure there are other types of copper to use, like thin strips or sheets you could cut up.

    Any ideas for how to deal with the Asian jumping worms? I hate them.

    • Jude says:

      Ducks (and possibly chickens) go crazy over these invasive worms. Ducks will generally leave your garden plants alone whereas chickens will eat most plants to ground level. Even if they’d eat the jumping worms, they’d likely prefer your plants instead.

      Stick to ducks and if you don’t want to get ducks, befriend someone who has ducks and ask if he’ll rent them out occasionally.

  17. Cheri says:

    I also grew up reading and loving Laura Ingalls Wilder, but when a friend encouraged me to imagine what it was like for a Black child to read those books, those depictions, to feel the emotional cringing when they saw themselves described that way, and to know that the person who wrote them was glorified to the point of having a literature award named after them, I realized it was time to change the name of the award. Changing it does no harm to LAW (she’s dead, you know) and no harm to anyone else, but not changing it can create ongoing hurt to children. It seems to me to be a lot like masks–wearing them/doing it doesn’t cause harm, but not wearing them/changing the name can prevent harm, so why not just be kind and do it.

    • DebinSC says:

      This comment reminds me of slugs, they get into places where they don’t belong and contribute little to nothing of any relevance. Slug Chug to the rescue.

    • Athena Blitz says:

      Thank you for being an empathetic person ☺️

  18. Andrea says:

    Those purple garden gloves and all the ones like them that only have the latex that goes slightly below the fingernail area don’t work bc dirt gets into the cloth part immediately! The glove that has the latex that comes down further is called Mud Glove. These are the only gloves that keep my nails perfectly clean. I found them back in the ‘90’s so there might be other companies by now that have wised up to bringing the latex further down. Also, the back of the glove is breathable cotton! Even their ‘winter’ gloves without cotton are breathable

  19. Lynda says:

    I know what I can use my sourdough discard for! Thank you!

  20. Ciara Barker Murphy says:

    They are officially bastards! I am tired feeding the feckers with my expensive plants.

  21. Lisa says:

    I have to say, I was gobsmacked that you somehow didn’t think to include a photo of your gleefully drowned snots. After you showed the rotten-shrimp fly trap full of a bazillion victims… is it not equally disgustingly shareable?
    Can you add one? What is your record in one day?

    ps I have been collecting eggshells for months. Would clam shells work too? I’m on Cape Cod where they are a common (but smelly) driveway material and occasionally used as garden paths.

  22. marc says:

    I spread eggshells around the perimeter of the plants. Slugs won’t crawl across them and they decompose and add calcium to the soil.

    • JoDee Clark Lompa says:

      I’ve been using both broken egg shells and used coffee grounds. Doing pretty well so far. I am going to try the slug chug, as well.

  23. carla says:

    Love your slug chug! Works like a charm. I find many slugs in my tuna cans in the morning. By mid-day, what ever liquid was left in there has dried up in the sun and the slugs have dehydrated. Then something (bird?) comes and makes a meal of them. I don’t even have to clean them out of the cans! Just adopted my first three chicks so I’m hoping the girls will make short work of the slugs when they get big enough and I can ‘train’ (hahahaha) them to work my garden for me.

    • Margaret says:

      Thanks. Carla, was wondering what to do with the slugs once they were in the container, because I couldn’t even think of lifting a Container with slugs in it, they disgust me can’t even look at them, so I hope you are right and the sun will dry them up, and birds eat them, that’s my main worry how to dispose of them

  24. J. Shirey says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve never really had a big issue with slugs until this year, which is odd because we’ve gotten nearly no rain in the last 4-5 weeks, go figure. Thanks to CV-19, we are trying to eat out of our garden as much as possible, more than we ever have, so I really can’t be feeding the slugs like we were… I did not want to take any more of my dear husband’s beers & this recipe is perfect! Thank you!!

    • Bridgett says:

      Love this recipe, thanks for sharing. The last Two nights I have put out beer and had over 30 slugs in my Dixie cups. Your recipe will be much better because I don’t drink beer and I wouldn’t have to go to the store and buy any.

  25. Bob Yeoman says:

    This article attracted me because my local pubs have closed. I control slugs using beer traps, if I go to a pub I ask them for any slops (bring a wide necked sealable container). Some publicans won’t give me slops, quoting “policy”, “health & safety” etc ……all guff.
    These businesses do not make it onto my approved pubs list.

  26. Eileen says:

    I have used yeast/sugar/flour for years. I cut slots in a plastic container , (yogurt, marg, any plastic container), just below the rim on two sides. Pour in 1 ladel of mixture. approx.3/4 of cup, put on lid to keep out rain. I try and hide , cover with leaves,plant pots,anything so crows dont see. I just set at ground level. They climb up and in. Hide a little to try and keep racoons,squirrels off. I may have as many as 100 or more containers out, emptying, cleaning ,refilling, about every two weeks. A few get dumped over, but in large are left alone. I start very early in spring until about June. After that, I do a slug run every A.M. with scissors! Work is worth it.

  27. Marna says:

    Great ideas! I will have to try both for sure. Thanks :)

  28. nancy says:

    What do you do with the “used and old slug chug”?

    I just moved away from Seattle, slug capital of the world. I used Corry’s snail bait, says it’s safe for pets etc. Worked great. Is there something bad I don’t know about? Probably is…

    Did you hear the news about Laura Ingalls Wilder? I guess Mark Twain is next on the chopping block.

    • Karen says:

      News? What news about my beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder? A friend was over at my house today and we spent half the time talking about how we love Laura Ingalls! (I just throw the stinky gross used slug chug along the fence line of my community garden. ~ karen!

      • Beth says:

        She had a book award named after her “The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” that she was the first to receive and has been given out every year since. The American Library Association has decided to rename the award “The Children’s Literature Legacy Award” because of the way she portrayed Native American’s and blacks.

        • Karen says:

          These people who are renaming the award … they understand when Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote these books, right?? Uch. I’m so liberal I’m almost a libertarian but even I think that’s stupid. ~ karen!

  29. Jody says:

    Slugs=Bastard snot

  30. QueenE says:

    My Mother in law is obsessed with slug bait. So much so that on one family car trip, she insisted that we stop at every hardware store along the route, to check for slug bait because her local hardware store was sold out. We joke that she traveled all the way to PEI to buy slug bait ;)

    ** I honestly don’t know why we had to stop because she has her own recipe(s?) and here they are, just in case your slugs become resistant to your brew.

    My recipe:

    l0 parts water with one part house hold ammonia, drop of dish detergent
    2-1/4 cups water – 1/4 cup household ammonia (dash of dish soap)

    “I put this in a spray bottle. It really helps all season if you spray as they are just coming up in the spring. You can spray the leaves later I’m sure if they are really being a pest.”

  31. Margaret Finch says:

    Great Idea! So love your postings, Karen. Many great ideas I often share with friends.
    Hate slugs but abhor Asian lady bugs on my lilies. The little beggars lay miniscule red dots that (if I don’t catch them) turn into the most disgusting poop-laying slug. Really gross blobs of black slime on my lilies so much so that I’m contemplating pulling them (lilies) all out – I say this every year, but I do so like the blooms. I’ve heard neam oil is good -where to buy & how to use. Does anyone know???? As for dirt under finger nails, you can scrape your nails over a bar of soap before playing in the dirt, then use a small scrub brush when washing up.

    • Madeline says:

      neemtreefarms.com is a company in Florida that grows neem and sells products. Check them out.

    • Jay says:

      Margaret, they are not slugs, but Lilly Beatles (they are red). Laying their eggs and covering them with poop to keep them safe. Even birds wouldn’t eat that. Disgusting mess and they also eat Lilly leaves and blooms.

  32. Rita says:

    Question – would skunks like this little concoction? We have a rather large tribe (or whatever you call a bunch of skunks) in our urban neighborhood. I’ve read about the beer swimming pool, but I’ve been afraid the skunks would think I had put out the welcome wagon with a hosted bar! While we have great neighbors – I’d love to tell them to quit feeding peanuts to the squirrels (and leaving their dog/cat food outside) because I’m sure the skunks think they’ve hit the all-night buffet mother lode when they find it!

  33. Leeuna says:

    I hate those slimy things. Especially when they leave a trail of snot across my back deck…and I step on it…barefoot! Ugh!
    Strawberry cobbler is my favorite thing. I put up every strawberry I can get my hands on for winter. Pffft with the stained nails. It’s all worth it.

  34. jaine kunst says:

    I just remembered a book I use to read to my first graders titled, SLUGS by David Greenberg. It was hilarious! Grinding them up into milkshakes, using them as Halloween costumes, etc. The kids loved that totally gross book. And I loved reading it to them!

  35. jaine kunst says:

    So the slugs are responsible for the ragged, chewed up leaves on my hostas? I’m making your slug chug today.

    Thank you, Karen.

  36. this is a fabulous Idea. I live in the shade and pride myself on my variety of hostas, and especially my miniature hosta collection. Slugs- I cannot stand.
    I will give this homemade recipe a try.

    As for those fingernail shots, I can attest to the success of tight fitting Atlas garden gloves.

  37. Edith Spitz says:

    When I lived up North, I would collect my neighbor’s Christmas trees every year after the holidays. I would strip off the pine needles and use them as mulch in my strawberry patch. The sharp little needles kept the slugs away.

  38. Marilyn says:

    Slugs are my nemesis as well! The most effective way I have found to trap them (of course, I sill have to kill them) is to turn over the rind of a cantaloupe half in my garden. It makes a nice little sweet, moist tent for them. It’s just like a summer camporee that everyone wants to attend!

  39. Doug says:

    Great recipe, and from simple and normally stocked ingredients. Now, what do you do about squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and bears? Those are my problems, in descending order.
    Thanks for the beer-saving idea.

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Those are a bit tougher. ;) Not even fencing can keep them out. Although I think my “wobbly” fence has finally deterred raccoons. ~ karen!

  40. Grammy says:

    Regarding your hands and nails this time of year: Many years ago I was at a gallery opening at a place where my husband had been meeting with like-minded artists and others. I met and was chatting with the very interesting and beautiful owner. In the middle of conversation she said, “So, what do you grow in your garden?” I had just met her, so I said, “Oh, did he mention that I grow a big garden?” She replied, “No. My mother is a rancher, and your hands remind me of hers.” She actually meant it as a complement, and we’ve been good friends for many years now.

    • Cherie says:

      No nails. That’s my best trick., cut as far down as possible. I use Watson nitrile and cloth gloves — I have many pairs in different colours, the purple ones are the prettiest – and I discovered (actually, I discover it every year; you’s think I could remember from one year to the next) that if my nails are long, they eventually weaken the nitrile at the tips and then I get the dirt. No nails, no dirt. And a good salt scrub does the rest. If really gross, soak your hands — you know when you are relaxing and not “doing stuff”) in a solution of dish detergent and lemon juice. You can use that stuff in the bottles for the lemon juice. Works like a charm and gives you some down time, too. Remember Marge, the manicurist? Can’t recall the dish detergent, though. Palmolive, maybe? As for the slugs: can’t do the beer thing, the man of the house would have my head, so I will try your method. I’ve used egg shells and coffee grounds, too, both are good for the garden, but still on Vancouver Island, the slugs defeat me. I keep old knives tucked into corners of some of my raised beds — that has started many a conversation — that I use with glee when I see one of these slimy buggers. So satisfying to cut one in half! Now to try your method.

  41. Brenna says:

    I’m suprised you have slugs! I figured the chickens would have eradicated all of the slippery little suckers.

    You see, I live in the soggy Seattle area. Home to brown, black, and (my personal favorite) banana slugs. It seemed every year there were more than the year before. Then one day my neighbor let his chickens loose. They came over to my house every afternoon to scratch under the rhodies. After several months I’d worked myself into a tizzy about how those damn chickens were moving all the “mulch” (dead rhodie leaves) all over the lawn and was about to demand they go back in their coop or else end up in the stew pot. I was seriously in the midst of contemplating whether I had it in me to kill a chicken, if my aim was even good enough to kill a chicken, or if it would even be worth it to pluck a chicken, when it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn’t seen a single slug this year. Not one! I guessed it had something to do with the chickens but…maybe just global warming?

    • Brenna says:

      P. S. I think the best part of the recipe is the name. I ‘almost’ wish I had some slugs left. Maybe I’ll just re-label the beers in my fridge to keep people from drinking them!

    • Karen says:

      Maybe it was just a dry summer? (slugs like wet) My vegetable garden is part of a community garden that’s miles away from my chickens. :) Also, you can’t let chickens roam in vegetable gardens. They don’t just eat the slugs they’ll eat all the vegetables and leaves too. I kill myself laughing every time I see a picturesque Pinterest photo of a vegetable garden with chickens roaming through it, lol. ~ karen!

      • Barb says:

        Apparently what you need is a duck. When I had chickens I had to keep them out of the gardens. But Elliot Coleman swears by ducks as garden pest control- they don’t eat the veggies, he says. I haven’t tried it- ducks are so darned messy.

      • Marilyn Foster says:

        My neighbors have chickens who wouldn’t touch a slug with a ten inch pole. They LOVE snails, but hate the slugs. Go figure…

  42. Benjamin says:

    I wonder if you and your readers will offer up the fail-proof recipe to catch and eliminate an evil, rotten to the core neighbor that no one likes… I’d be in debt to you and promise to not stir up trouble with my Christmas stories about my pink glitter unicorn. You’re a dream Karen. ((hugs))

    • Robert says:

      I think that depends on how confortable you are with “alternative” methods 🙄

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Well that all depends on what this evil neighbour does. We need details, stories, gossip . . . whatever ya got! Then we can send our best solutions.

  43. carla says:

    Thank you for the fingernail photo. This is my first year gardening full time and I have been dismayed that I cannot get my fingernails clean. Now I know I’m not alone. Saw this beer substitute recipe previously. Had not tried it yet, but I need to. When I tried the beer trick the first time, I used tuna cans and did not bury them. Caught MANY slugs without having to bury the cans. Thank you for your wisdom. I’m learning alot from your site. Strung up my tomatoes this year and I can honestly say I will never go back to caging them.

    • Ann says:

      4 words: nitrile gloves from costos. 200 count for $10.00. I use them everytime I’m out doing yardwork/gardening and will never go back to bare hands again. Great for prepping raw foods, cleaing bathrooms..you get the picture. I wear size L and they are roomy and even stand up to weeding. Stash extra pair in pockets when go outside-they weight next to nothing.

      • Julie says:


      • Anita from Dallas says:

        I use those gloves too! Gardening, pulling weeds and washing dishes.

      • Karen says:

        I actually do wear “surgical gloves” when I’m in the garden but I’m a fairly hard core gardener and within minutes I usually have holes in them. By the time I notice the holes the damage has been done. :/ I do try to keep my hands and nails half decent! I just never succeed. ~ karen!

        • Laura says:

          Try these: https://www.amazon.ca/9403VS-Premium-Gloves-Vibrant-Violet/dp/B001NEN19E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530218959&sr=8-1&keywords=Boss+Gloves+9403VS

          1. They’re virtually impenetrable. I trim juniper and pull thistle with these and nothing gets through. 2. They come in size SMALL, which is great is you have small hands (I do). 3. You can use them in the kitchen too (buy a second pair, obviously). I wear them when I use my mandoline. I’ve slipped numerous times and have not once pierced them. You may be able to find them cheaper if you look around. I once found them at a Job Lot for US$ 3 and bought every pair in the store.

        • Rosie Walsh says:

          Dear Karen,

          When a soapy brush will not remove the stains under my nails and around cuticles, I make a quick mix of really warm water, a big of Dawn and a couple tablespoons of bleach in a small bowl. Soak in that for a couple of minutes, use the brush to remove the most stubborn hanger-ons and rinse. The bleach smell probably lingers, but I care not.

        • Karen says:

          I’ve been know to soak my fingers in 100% bleach! ~ karen

        • Christine Hilton says:

          Gloves are for babies.
          I have no slugs just snails. They come out and onto the patio aka the killing field after it rains.l am at 134.The birds are too busy with the tent caterpillars to be much help.
          I tried the beer in tuna cans and got a couple until the raccoons discovered them.They thought it was a bar on the way to the Compost Diner.

    • AmyL says:

      I’ve found that if, before I garden, I remember to liberally apply hand lotion – making sure to also get it up under my nails – my hands and nails are much, much easier to get clean later.

      • Viki says:

        Keep 1/2 lemon in custard cup in fridge push fingernails into it the lemon will bleach nails. Lasts a couple of weeks

  44. TucsonPatty says:

    Okay, so your strawberry crop made it okay this year? You made those strawberry candles, I mean candies, but did you have an abundance of strawberries? They look very clean!

  45. Paula says:

    I really like the string idea!

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