There’s nothing worse than watching your plants getting destroyed by slugs! I googled a bunch of ideas floating around on the internet on how to get rid of slugs from your garden organically. Most of them seem to be do it yourself home remedies or labor intensive.
For starters, I’ve heard planting onions, garlic or herbs with a strong scent will keep them away. Yea, no, not so much. I had slugs chomping away at my butter lettuce right next to a huge mint plant. So, in theory this sounds great, but the little guys are intense once they get comfortable eating everything in sight.
I’ve also heard of these organic ideas:
- Egg shell pieces around the plants you want to protect.
- Spray coffee on the plants.
- Use beer to lure them away.
- Hand pick them and place in a bucket of salt water.
- Egg shells seem like it would work, but if you don’t attract all the slugs away, you never really fix the problem.
- I like to eat things directly out of my garden and I’m not sure my lettuce smelling like coffee would work out for me.
- Beer may or not work if they don’t take the bait.
- Any finally, I have no reason to touch the slugs. Not going to happen!
Get Rid of Slugs From Your Garden Organically
I get it that people don’t always trust organic pesticides when trying to maintain an organic garden. Luckily over the years these products have really stepped up their organic game and you can rest easy knowing they really work and won’t harm you or your plants.
For slugs I use an organic product called Sluggo. It’s easy to use and it’s safe around your pets. Trust me, I have a nosey dachshund who will eat just about anything and he doesn’t go near Sluggo.
Sluggo runs for $15 for 2.5 pounds on amazon. For smaller areas it’s .5 to 1 teaspoon per nine square feet. So it’s pretty cheap for a home garden and actually works. Having it around before you have a slug problem isn’t a bad idea either. I wish I would have had Sluggo before I planted my lettuce a few weeks ago. Live and learn.
I had so many slugs in my garden, I wasn’t able to get rid of all of them on the first go around, but I was down to just two slugs on one leaf. Sluggo recommends waiting two weeks before reapplying. I looked at the reviews and most people said it fixed their problem up to 99% if not completely. Everyone seems to agree natural remedies don’t really solve the slug problem. Sluggo is safe and the easiest way to get rid of slugs organically without the guessing game.
If you want to grow organic it’s best to prevent the problem instead of enticing things like slugs away and never really fixing the issue. They will come back and destroy your plants without a solid solution. Any why deny your plants the chance to grow and thrive?
Slug free is the way to be!