- 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
- Baking yeast