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How to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails in Your Garden

Renee Valdes
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Slug eating in garden

Learn how to get rid of slugs and snails in the garden. These garden pests spell trouble for your edibles in the garden. To keep your garden safe, be diligent and spot check your garden often.

Slugs (and snails– which are slugs with a shell) may try to hide but their slick trails can be seen. If you see a sticky liquid and shredded or eaten leaves, it’s time to take action. Slugs and snails feast on overcast days and at night. They eat flowers, fruits, such as strawberries, and plant leaves.

Slugs and snails can wipe out seedlings if not controlled in the garden.


  • Hand pick. One of the quickest ways to control slugs and snails is to hand pick (use gardening gloves of course!) and move them away from the garden.
  • Put up a bird bath and feeder. When you attract birds, they’ll naturally control pests, including slugs in your garden. That’s why setting out a bird bath, hanging a bird feeder and birdhouse in your outdoor space makes sense. Learn how to attract birds.
  • Set a trap. Pour beer into a shallow dish with the rim even with the soil. Slugs will crawl inside instead of around your plants. Replenish daily.
  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around plants. Slugs and snails will not cross a barrier of diatomaceous earth in your garden. Diatomaceous earth is an organic remedy and excellent defense in the garden that works against many pests. Reapply after a hard rain.
  • Wrap stems. Using copper slug tape, wrap stems of plants so slugs will not be able to crawl up to eat the leaves.
  • Use bait. Sprinkle non-toxic bait, such as Corry’s Slug and Snail Killer. It’s safe for pets and wildlife, making it a safe bet for your garden. Get the best control by using light applications every few weeks and reapplying after rainy weather when slugs and snails come out of hiding.


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