1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 4, 2008

:095 Slugs & Snails

Filed under: :095 Slugs & Snails — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 4:19 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:095 Tip: Slugs and Snails can quickly ruin a garden. Most baits for slugs and snails are quite toxic to pets, children and the environment.

One nontoxic alternative is the beer trap. You can make one by sinking a can or jar up to its rim in the ground then filling it with an inch or so of beer.

Tomorrow I will talk about keeping the slugs and snails out of potted plants.

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Additional Information

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This pre-manufactured Garden Slug Trap uses beer as bait to trap slugs. I’ve used the can method described above for snails and slugs both, but not tried any of the premanufactured units. It doesn’t look like snails would be able to get into it. It is available from Clean Air Gardening.

King County Hazardous Waste Management Program has a pdf on making your own beer trap at http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/publications/SY_SlugTrap.pdf

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