Do Slugs Like Cider?

One of the more popular “hacks” for dealing with slugs is beer traps but what to do if you’re all out of beer? maybe you have some cider lying around, will that work? Do slugs like cider?

Do Slugs Like Cider
Do Slugs Like Cider

So, Do Slugs Like Cider?

Cider as a trap bait won’t work as well as beer does, this is because it is actually believed to be the yeast in beer that attracts slugs, not the alcohol.

You can make your own bait using packets of yeast mixed in with some water and quite a few people do this. One way to make beer go a little further is to mix it with some cheap lemonade to make a shandy.

This will make the beer go further and actually reduce its potency a little bit, on the surface, this sounds like a con but it is actually a pro.

One of the big drawbacks to beer slug traps is that they are too good at attracting slugs. Apparently, they can bring slugs to them from up to 200m away!

This means you will be bringing more slugs into your garden, and if they don’t all end up in the trap then you could actually be adding more slugs to your garden.

How to deal with slugs

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

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!

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06/26/2022 05:10 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!



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