Getting Rid of Slugs and Snails

Is there anything to rid my gardens and flower beds of slugs and snails? I can't buy enough beer to control the numbers we are infested with! In my flower beds I sometimes use a Ortho pellet, but I don't want to use pesticides on my vegetables and fruits. Any suggestions?


By Christianne A from Dansville, NY

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April 12, 20130 found this helpful

The methods I have used in the past, mostly I buy Slug Pellets which I buy from the local "Pound Store" as I live in the U.K. but I guess you could get from the local Dollar Store, and they are very cheap, and a handfull covers a really wide area, if you get heavy rains you do need to renew the action, Also you could use "Methylated Spirit which you can get from any Pharmacy and is quite cheap, you would need to use 50/50 mix with water and shake well as you use, you can use in the same way that you use beer but this should be a much cheaper way.

Many of the slug pellets use a solidified form of spirit called Meta. Hope this is useful.

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April 13, 20130 found this helpful

I have had some luck with broken egg shells placed around the plants. Try the farmers almanac for some info.

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May 10, 20160 found this helpful

I had many many slugs in my flower bed. I took a glass jar (prego spaghetti jar) filled it about 1/3 full with yellow cornmeal, then turned it on its side so the cornmeal wa spred out and to the rim. Then put the jar in you garden on its side under a plant or any place you have seen the slugs.


The slugs eat the cornmeal and die. I also liked this because the cornmeal would stay dry if it rained. This was very effective for me. I hope it helps you!!

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