Do Slugs Like Beer?

If you are looking for an organic way to help control slugs in your garden then have probably heard of beer traps. But why use beer? is there something special about beer that slugs like?

Do Slugs Like Beer
Do Slugs Like Beer

So, Do Slugs Like Beer?

Yes, slugs will search out beer if you leave it out. it is believed that it is the yeast that attracts them so strongly.

In fact, they might be attracted too much by the smell of beer. Some research has shown that slugs can be attracted by beer traps from up to 200m away.

What this means is that you might inadvertently be inviting more and more slugs into your garden. All of them showing up for the free beer and snacks!

How to deal with slugs

Here are a few different ways you can deal with slugs, some organic, some not.

01.

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.

02.

Nematodes

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!

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06/26/2022 05:10 am GMT
03.

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!

Daniel

Daniel

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!

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