Do Slugs Eat Lilies?

Lilies provide such a stunning display that any gardener would love to have them in their garden. But what do you do if slugs are a problem in yours? So slugs even eat lilies? Let’s have a look and find out.

Do Slugs Eat Lilies
Do Slugs Eat Lilies

So Slugs Eat Lilies?

Yes, slugs love lilies. They can leave irregular holes in the leaves of established plants or completely destroy younger ones that are just poking through the soil.

Slugs will normally cause irregular damage to lily leaves, sometimes in the middle of the leaf, sometimes on the edge. This alone though will not confirm that the problem you are facing is slugs.

Also, look for slimy trails around your plants and for the final confirmation try and check on the plants when it is raining or at night as this is when slugs love to feast.

Slugs Have Destroyed My Lily, Should I Dig Up The Bulb?

If slugs have wholly destroyed your lilies no matter what you tried, you may be thinking about what you should do with the bulb? Leave it in the ground and try again or maybe move it or just get rid of it all together? Let’s have a look at the different options.

Leave Them In Place

You could just leave them in place and try again, hoping for new growth. But be warned that this is probably your last chance. If the lilies are just destroyed again next time as soon as they start to grow then this will probably spell the end for these bulbs.

Dig and Move

This is the option that I would probably take. Dig the bulbs up and move them to a pot to better protect them from slugs. You can always move them back into the ground once they have developed more. Growing in pots for the spring and then moving into the ground in summer once your lilies are flourishing is a good idea for sluggy gardens.

Throw Away

If the damage is extensive then sometimes the best thing to do is just throw the bulbs away. From some damage, there is no coming back and you may just be wasting your time.

How to deal with slugs

If you have confirmed that your pest is indeed slugs then you will want to know how to deal with them. Well I have some top tips below.


Slugs Pellets

The classic way to kill off slugs and it does work, there are however drawbacks.

Firstly the little blue pellets aren’t safe to have around if you have pets or young children who might digest them accidentally.

Next, there is the fact that they may be harmful to slugs’ natural predators like hedgehogs who eat slugs killed by pellets, therefore, ingesting the poison themselves.

And then there is the mess they leave, lots of dead slugs on the surface of your garden with nasty trails everywhere.



This is a natural and organic way to kill slugs. There are all kinds of nematodes, which are tiny little creatures that live in your soil, some of these nematodes kill slugs.

This is completely natural and is what happens in your soil all the time. By adding nematodes you are just increasing the number of the slug killing type.

One of the advantages of this method aside from the fact you don’t have to use poison is that part of the way the nematodes kill the slugs makes them burrow into the ground before dying, so no nasty dead slugs lying around!

Organic Slug Killer
Slug Nematodes 12million (Treats 40sq.m)

Control slugs NATURALLY by applying Nemaslug Slug Killer, which contains natural nematodes, that are effective at controlling slugs, but unlike chemical controls, are safe for children, pets, birds and wildlife.

We earn a commission from any items purchased through this link at no charge to yourself. This helps fund what we do here!
06/26/2022 12:05 am GMT

Torch & Bucket

The manual method, and as is often the case with the manual method, this is very effective but time-consuming. Wait until dark and go out into the garden with a torch, some gloves and a bucket and start collecting slugs.

This is best done on a damp night after heavy rain as then the slugs will be everywhere, happy hunting!


Slug Traps

You can set up traps to capture slugs and then dispose of them how you wish. There are lots of different ways to do this but one of the more popular ones is a beer trap.

With a beer trap, you set a container, usually a plastic tub of some kind, level with the surface of the soil. You want it level with the surface so slugs can easily get into it but you want the bottom to be deep, so they can’t get out.

You then fill the bottom with some beer, which slugs adore, and leave it. The slugs will make their way into the trap and either drown or be waiting there come morning for you to get rid of them.

One downside to this apart from all the slug carcases you will be getting rid of is that the beer is so potent that it can apparently attract slugs up to 200 meters away and therefore bring even more slugs into your garden than were there before!



Hey, I'm Daniel. Having worked as a professional gardener for years as well as keeping a private allotment I decided to create this website to help spread my knowledge. I love gardening and hope to show you just how rewarding it can be!

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

      Leave a reply

      Patient Gardener