How To Remove Slugs & Snails

Do you often find chunks missing out of your favourite plant's leaves with the culprit leaving only a trail of silver? Here are 5 non-toxic ways to fight slugs & snails.

24 February 2015

Very few gardeners invite slugs & snails into their gardens, apart from being gross, they leave a trail of destruction in their slimy wake. So here are some interesting ways to solve the silver trail pest invasion.

Slugs and snails in the garden

-Set snail traps. Dig a hole in the ground and place a shallow container (tin can or old cup) so that the edges are even with the soil. Beer is a great lure, so add some to the container. The yucky pests smell the beer, come running and fall in (as so often happens when beer is involved).

planting a beer trap to capture slugs and snails

- The lint from your tumble dryer can be used as a barrier around seedlings and plants. Some gardeners think that hair or fur also is a deterrent.
- Powdered ginger or crushed eggshells placed around plants may also hamper snails, and eggshells have the bonus of adding calcium to the soil. The egg shells have sharp edges which feel unpleasant under the snotty critters soft bodies, so they will avoid climbing over them to get to the plants.

scattering egg shells to deter slugs and snails

- Some people have used talcum powder, lime, or wood ashes as a barrier. However, if using ashes, don't let it touch the plants. Landscaping materials that may discourage the pests, include wood chips, sand and gravel.
- Ducks and chickens love slugs and snails, although they themselves can leave a trail of destruction if left alone in the garden for too long. Of course they have the added benefit of producing your breakfast!

Chickens and ducks love to eat slugs and snails

I hope that helps to keep the pesky critters at bay.

Happy Growing!


N.B. This article has been written for Australian gardens. If you're reading this from around the world, we do hope you've found it a useful stepping stone for your own further research.


Comments (1)

using beer for traps

Although this is a great idea beer is very expensive to use for a snail trap and we don't drink it ourselves. Is there a cheaper alternative/substitute that might work?
, 2 March 2015

Hoselink Response
Whilst I haven't tried it myself, as I have always used beer, sugar water is also meant to work.