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Don’t underestimate garden slugs. Just because they’re small and spineless doesn’t mean they can’t do serious damage to your beloved greenery. To deal with infestation of these pesky mollusks, you’re going to need pest control services.
It also doesn’t hurt employing a few do-it-yourself measures to keep the pests at bay while you’re waiting for pest control. Follow these tips and your garden is sure to survive before the cavalry comes in.
When you see garden slugs crawling on your garden soil, it’s time to employ guerilla warfare with traps — milk or beer traps, that is. These traps stop them in their slimy tracks, giving you enough time to catch and kill them.
Here’s how to install the traps:
With milk or beer, you won’t have to worry about slugs eating your plants.
Milk and/or beer traps not working as expected? Then it’s time to kill them with kindness by feeding them with cornmeal. This actually works; to the little slugs, eating cornmeal is like snacking on a grenade, as this foodstuff expands inside a slug’s body.
Lay a jar down in key spots in the garden, put two tablespoons of cornmeal, wait for a slug to feast on it, and it’s good as finished.
If you think that killing these pests is a little bit too merciless for you and definitely not your style, don’t worry. There are more humane series of steps to get rid of them – literally, not figuratively. Here’s what you should do:
If the slugs that are infesting your garden seem too smart to be caught by simple traps, it’s time for you to take a more drastic action. It’s time for you to hunt — at night.
Slugs are not very active at night, so it’s easy to catch them under your plants’ leaves. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, impale them with a stick. But if you’re more of the benevolent kind, dropping them in a bucket of soapy water should be enough.
No matter how slug-infested the front has become, you can’t and shouldn’t give up; the beauty of your garden is at stake. Remember, when slugs hit you, you have to slug back.