Garden Snails & Slug Control | 23+ Measures & Methods

snail slug control methods measures

You are looking for biological methods to control slugs and snails? We tested more than 23 measures to protect vegetables and flowers. What methods are available? Which are worth trying? Creativity and inventiveness seem almost inexhaustible when it comes to warding off slugs and snails. Some recommended counter-measures are for example: Coffee Salt Eggshells Ash … Read more

Snails & slugs on the balcony: Where do they come from? What to do?

balcony slug control snail

When the slugs conquer the balcony, the questions immediately arise: Where do they come from, and how do you get rid of them quickly? How snails/slugs get onto a balcony/roof terrace? Usually, you bring slugs and snails home with pre-cultivated plants or potting soil, only rarely do they invade on their own. Brought in from … Read more

Baking powder against snails: Can Sodium bicarbonate repel snails?

backing powder soda against slug snail

I was asked whether snails could be repelled with sodium bicarbonate or vinegar. Unfortunately, there was a lack of concrete information on this. What is sodium bicarbonate? Normally, baking soda – also called sodium bicarbonate – is used for baking. That is why it is mostly called baking soda or food soda. It is contained … Read more

Lava rock granules against slugs & snails? | Testing

Lava rocks granulate against slugs snails

Lava stones have a rough surface with many sharp edges. Therefore, lava rock is supposed to deter slugs and snails. Lava granules (also called lava mulch or lava grit) should be scattered around threatened plants or spread over a large area in the bed. Natural Lava Rocks | Granules | 100% Pure Volcanic Rock Click … Read more

Water barrier against slugs & snails: In the test | Does it work?

slug collar as water barrier

Water is an insurmountable obstacle for land slugs and snails. This is at least a widespread opinion. Land snails breathe air and drown if they fall into water. I tested whether slugs and snails really cannot overcome water barriers in a small experiment. A reader suggested simply turning slug collars upside down and filling the … Read more

Leopard slugs: Introduce them into the garden?

leopard slug great gray slug

Leopard slugs (Limax maximus) are often regarded as pests. In Europe, this is a misconception because these slugs belong to the extremely useful inhabitants in the garden. In the parts of America, Australia, Asia, and Africa, leopard slugs are an invasive species and could be harmful to the environment. But normally the harm they do … Read more

Which Insects Eat Slugs & Snails? | Natural Enemies For Your Garden

beetle and slug

Many insects like to eat slugs, snails, and their eggs. For example, the larvae of fireflies are diligent snail exterminators. They feed almost exclusively on snails and slugs for several years. Firefly larvae follow the slime trail of the snails and kill them with poisonous bites. The extinction of light-sensitive fireflies can contribute to a … Read more

Plants against slugs | Natural slug protection for the garden?

snail plant

The idea of deterring slugs with plants comes up again and again. To achieve this, one should plant strong-smelling herbs as a protective wall around endangered vegetable and flower beds. In addition, it is recommended to use plant sap or plant liquid manure as a slug repellent. In principle, these measures should be viewed critically … Read more

Predators of Slugs | Identify and Attract Natural Enemies of Slugs and Snails to Your Garden

toad frog

It is sometimes said that slugs (especially the Spanish slug) taste bitter and that for this reason, many animals won’t eat them. That is not correct. Slugs and snails have many natural predators. However, for various reasons, their enemies are disappearing in many areas. This is one of the main reasons why slug populations are … Read more