Slug Beer Traps

Well it didn't take long for the slugs to find my newly planted courgette and eat the head off, hopefully a shoot will grow so I should be able to save this plant which I had potted up ready to re-plant in the garden in a few weeks.
I have put some slug pellets down in the poly-tunnel in anticipation, but obviously that didn't deter the little blighter. I have now added a few 'Beer Traps' which might catch a few slugs that seem to be attracted to the taste of beer. There are a plenty of commercial traps on the market, but why pay! A jam jar or a deep lid seems to do the job, although I understand some traps are designed so they can't climb back out. 

Other ways to deter slugs and snails from WikiHow

Plant other plants that deter slugs. Certain plants push slugs away from them, either because the slugs hate the texture or taste of the plants. Plants like swiss chard, ginger, garlic, chives, mint, red cabbage, chicory and foxglove will keep your garden clear of slugs. Plant these in a barrier around the entirety of your garden, or keep them around each individual plant. You can also choose to mix the leaves of these plants into the soil as a type of mulch, as well.

Beers traps work well

 A honey and yeast trap. The same concept as the beer trap, slugs are highly attracted to the combination of honey and yeast. Boil a cup of water with equal parts of honey and yeast (the proportions don’t really matter), and then allow the mixture to cool. Dig a hole in your garden near where the slugs are the worst, and bury a cup or bowl with steep sides up to the rim. Fill the container about 80% of the way with your honey yeast mixture, and allow it to set overnight. By the morning, the container should be full of drowned slugs.
Salt. Spread salt on the surface where they are crawling around and they will dry up. However, if you plan to use the soil to grow plants in, salt can very easily ruin the soil for plants. Use this around the base of potted plants on a porch, or place a barrier on the soil prior to spreading the salt in order to protect the integrity of the soil.

Create a pine-needle mulch. Dried out pine needles are like sharp little slug daggers, and will stab the slugs who try to pass over them. Collect the pine needles from the trees in your yard after they fall, or visit a local gardening centre to pick some up. Spread these in a thick blanket around your plants to keep out the slugs. Keep in mind that pine needles are highly acidic, so you may have to mix some lime into the soil to balance it out.

 Make a copper strip barrier. It isn’t known entirely why copper works so well to deter slugs, it’s theorized that the copper reacts electrostatically with the slug or snail slime. Regardless, it does work. Purchase strips of copper wide enough that the slugs can’t bridge it with their bodies. Place these in a barricade around your plants. While these are expensive, they are also a good alternative for protecting small areas or individual plants; try gluing them to the edges of your pots to keep out the slugs.

Make a pet food trap. Another strange attraction for slugs is that of cat food or dog food. The pet food won’t kill them, but it will lure them into a confined area which makes them easier to dispose of. Grab a tin (disposable) pie pan, and cut out little ‘doors’ from the metal rim. Place the tin upside down in your garden so that the slugs have access to the ‘doors’, and put some dry dog or cat food underneath. After several hours, you should be able to find multiple snails making refuge under the tin. Scoop them up and toss them out, and then re-set the trap for the next batch of unsuspecting gastropods.

Please let me know if you have any other ideas to deal with slugs and snails.


  1. Slugs are the bain of my life! Nearly everything I plant gets decimated. Difficult to treat them without resorting to pellets. Grrrrrr!

  2. I sympathize, slugs are the bain of my life. There are trillions of them on Matron's allotment. Just one big on-going battle.


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