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How to Attract Hedgehogs and to Locate the Slugs Enemies in Your Garden.

hedgehog cup in the garden
Hedgehogs are welcome in the garden.

Hedgehogs like to eat slugs and snails.

The nocturnal hunters are well-known enemies of the snails.

Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to provide a habitat for these lovely animals.

If you can coax a hedgehog family into your garden, you can be sure they’ll be valuable allies in the fight against slugs.

Do hedgehogs even eat slimy (Spanish) slugs?

It is sometimes said that hedgehogs would not eat the slugs as they taste too bitter (especially the Spanish slug).

But this is not correct. Slugs are a protein-rich and their preferred food.

Hedgehogs catch and roll the slugs with the front legs until they lose most of their mucus and after that become digestible.

The following video shows this behavior.

Video: Hedgehog eats a slug.

After the hedgehog rolls the slug around, he eats it and immediately searches for more.

If slug poisons are used in the garden, they also harm the hedgehogs.

A hedgehog that eats poisoned slugs (metaldehyde) could also die. If it is lucky and it survives, it will probably lose its appetite for slugs.

For this reason, too, slug pellets are not a good idea.

More information here: Why are slug pellets harmful?

Indeed, a hedgehog will not eat hundreds of adult slugs.

But at least it helps to contain a population boom when it starts.

That is why it is a good idea to encourage hedgehogs into the garden and to create favorable conditions and habitats for them to settle.


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hedgehogs need water
Hedgehogs need access to fresh water. They do not tolerate milk.

What can you do for hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs need a lot of space and an extensive habitat.

Therefore, the garden should not be enclosed with fences they can’t get through. Hedgehogs like to roam around in the neighborhood.

As the name already suggests hedges are an ideal property boundary for these animals.

If in spring or autumn there is not enough food, it is possible to feed hedgehogs a little.

They like to eat cat food, and there is also particular hedgehog food available in pet shops.

The hedgehogs should not be given milk as it can make them sick.

It is better to install a water trough or if possible a garden pond and thereby to provide access to clean and fresh water.

hedgehogs need a hedgehoghouse
Hedgehogs use moos to make their house comfortable.

How to settle hedgehogs?

There are many possibilities to make the garden comfortable for hedgehogs.

It is a good start to create heaps of leaves in autumn and piles of twigs and small branches under which you can create a small and accessible cave with thicker logs of wood.

In these cavities, the hedgehogs can hibernate and raise their offspring in spring and summer.

The easiest way is to buy a dedicated hedgehog house.

That would provide proper shelter for the small animals and protects them from weather and enemies (by a particular entrance).

When buying a house don’t go for the cheapest option, invest in something sturdy and durable. Houses made of cheap composite woods won’t last long, and when they start to rot and mold, they can cause health problems for the hedgehogs

A hedgehog house should be weatherproof and protected against moisture from below.

It needs a sheltered and secluded location in the garden and should also provide security against cats and dogs.

If these conditions come together a lovely little dwelling made of natural materials is created.

If placed well under a pile of leaves and twigs the hedgehogs might move in soon.

At the least in late summer and autumn young hedgehogs in search of a new habitat will try to settle in your garden.

And if the conditions are suitable for them, they may build their nest for the winter or raise their offspring next spring.

hedgehogs are shy
Hedgehogs can be protected against ticks with black cumin oil.

Protect hedgehogs against ticks.

If you have hedgehogs in the garden, keep in mind that they can be carriers of ticks and these could then become a problem.

For those people who – like me – are especially loved by ticks, I recommend black cumin oil (“black seed,” Nigella Sativa L.)

A teaspoon of oil each breakfast and the ticks will not like you anymore.

It may not deter all ticks, but from my own experience, I can say more than 95 percent.

For me, black cumin oil was like a miracle, as I had previously barely dared to go into the forest or the meadow without chemical protection.

Now, this is not a problem anymore. And furthermore, the oil has many other health benefits.

For the hedgehogs, too, the black seed oil can be helpful.

For example, you could drip a few drops into the hedgehog’s house or, if you feed them, mix a few drops with the feed.

That benefits them if used in moderation.

(Note: One can use black cumin oil also to protect dogs, but please be aware that for cats it is toxic!)

If you have some further ideas or recommendations, I would be happy if you would leave a comment below.


Additional Slug Control

Some slug control methods that might interest you:

Attract natural enemies of slugs and snails

Slug barriers

Slug deterrent coating

Copper against slugs

Slug-resistant vegetables and herbs

Slug-resistant flowers and flowering plants: perennials and annuals

Self-made electric slug fence

DIY slug control

Runner ducks against slugs and snails



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