Types of Slug Control

The battle against slugs is one the gardener will never win. However, working with natural solutions, planting strategically, and encouraging wildlife, we can minimise the impact of the slug menace.

A severely slug damaged lettuce plant

Tender plants can be decimated overnight

Mollusc management

When dealing with slugs and snails, the cunning and ingenuity of the avid gardener never ceases to amaze me. Below are some of the main methods, and I’ll give you more ideas about each one as you keep reading this site.

Slug Elimination

Finding ways of permanently putting the little blighters out of your misery! This method includes poisoning, which should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Wise precaution

When using chemicals in the garden, ALWAYS read the label carefully. Keep any poisons away from children and animals.

Slug Traps

Ingenious contraptions to lure the slug to its doom; either killing it outright or allowing you to dispose of it later at your leisure. For example, the ever popular Slug-X beer trap.

Slug Shelters

Another variation on the slug trap idea is to recognise the sort of places where slugs love to hide during the day. Check those places and dispose of any slugs you find hiding there. You can even create your own such places in the garden and have the slugs exactly where you want them.

Slug Barriers

Rather than total annihilation, this approach aims to keep a little distance between the slug and your precious plants. Rough surfaces that are difficult to move across, desiccants that dehydrate, and copper barriers that inflict a tiny electric shock are just some of the possibilities.

By Hand

Yuk!  This must be one of the most disgusting, though arguably one of the more effective, methods of slug control; more so than any poisons and chemicals. I can collect hundreds on night time ‘slug patrol’ after a shower of rain.

Natural Predators

Hedgehogs, birds, and beetles all love a fat juicy slug! Learn to encourage the ‘good guys’ to make your garden their home. Microscopic nematodes, while technically a parasite rather than a predator, fall loosely into this category too.

Garden Hygiene

An untidy garden with masses of dense undergrowth and rubbish beneath which to shelter during the day will provide a veritable slug haven. So keep it tidy! Slugs will hate you for it.

Slug Tolerance

Last but not least is learning to live with the slug to a certain extent. Grow the most delicate plants away from favoured slug haunts. Consider a few sacrificial plants to lure them away from your tender seedlings and treasured specimens.

Learn how to be a gardener

How to be a Gardener: book cover

How to be a Gardener

The ‘complete’ edition of How to be a Gardener combines both Book 1 and Book 2 of Alan Titchmarsh’s best seller into one helpful, but thick, volume. For me it has the perfect balance of down to earth information and inspirational ideas.

The first half of the book takes you from an understanding of how plants grow, through tools, simple plot layouts, advice on plant choice, and maintaining your garden; with the second half concentrating on garden design and more advanced skills.

Combining these two aspects of gardening – the practical and the aesthetic – provides much intellectual stimulation. You can begin small, dream, plan, and build for the future.

How to be a Gardener
Find out more

More books about gardening

What do you want to do now

  • Slug pellets hazards
    Before reaching for the little blue pellets, find out more about them.
  • Slug hiding places
    Create the kind of places where slugs love to shelter...  then go and collect them.
  • Hand collection
    Did you know, collecting slugs by hand may be yucky, but it’s surprisingly effective.

How to be a Gardener

by Alan Titchmarsh

How to be a Gardener: book cover

Alan Titchmarsh draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to bring you this comprehensive guide to being a successful gardener.

An essential reference manual for any garden owner – combining both Book 1 and Book 2 of this best seller into one helpful (thick!) volume.

How to be a Gardener
Find out more

Did you

Slug eggs can lay dormant in the soil for years and then hatch when conditions are right

If you like this site,
why not tell your
friends about it