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How to Get Rid of Garden Snails & Slugs

Tired of losing your gardening efforts to snails and slugs? Use these methods to banish the pests.


  • Step 1: Remove slugs and snails by hand. Check in shady and moist areas around the plant – under the leaves and in the soil.
  • Step 2: Drown removed pests in warm, soapy water.
  • Step 3: Spread diatomaceous earth around individual flower or vegetable plants – it cuts the bodies of snails and slugs.
  • TIP: Reapply diatomaceous earth after rain.
  • Step 4: Place ceramic flowerpots upside-down near infested areas. Dispose of snails and slugs that gather in the shade of the overturned pot.
  • Step 5: Bury a small, coverless container level with the soil near infested areas. Fill one-half inch from the top with beer and dispose of pests after they fall in.
  • TIP: You can also create a yeast trap by combining ½ teaspoon yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar with 8 ounces water.
  • Step 6: Maintain your garden to minimize the shady areas. Keep out weeds, and get rid of boards or other decorations or debris that provide shade and moisture for these pests.
  • Step 7: Stay on top of your snail and slug infestation, beginning when you see young snails and slugs. Your work will pay off with increased vegetable and flower yields.
  • FACT: Did you know? Snails can live without moisture for four years or more.

You Will Need

  • A container of warm
  • soapy water
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Ceramic flowerpots
  • Beer
  • Sugar
  • Baking yeast

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