10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails

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Slugs and snails are a gardening nightmare. They can eat your plants and flowers, and they are also known to carry fungi that can infect other plants.

Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of slugs and snails naturally in your garden or flower beds. Some of these methods take more time than others, but they are all effective ways to keep these pests out of your yard!

1. Use Copper Mesh

Perhaps the easiest way to get rid of slugs and snails is through copper mesh. A copper mesh can be placed in the ground or on top of the soil, and it will act as a barrier for slugs and snails. The copper is toxic to them, so they won’t cross it. However, this method only works if you replace the copper after one year. Otherwise, they’ll get used to it and start crossing again.

2. Try A Beer Trap

Another simple, effective way to get rid of slugs and snails is by using a beer trap. Beer traps are designed to attract slugs and snails by offering them something they love (food) in an environment that’s comfortable for them – namely, moist soil with lots of moisture and shade.

The idea behind this method is that once your pests fall into the container full of beer, they’ll drown before they can escape! You can make one yourself or buy one ready-made at most garden stores; either way will work just fine if you follow these steps:

  • Place two pieces of wood upright on either side of an empty five-gallon bucket filled halfway up with water.
  • Place some old newspapers underneath so there won’t be any leaks when you put the bucket outside overnight.

3. Use Salt Mixtures

For the most effective salt mixture, mix one-part table salt with nine parts water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it to the affected areas of your garden. You can also sprinkle it directly onto slugs or snails if they are crawling on pavement or other hard surfaces.

For best results, reapply the salt mixture every few days until there are no more signs of slugs or snails in your garden

4. Use Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a natural product that can be used to kill slugs and snails. It’s safe for humans, pets, and wildlife but harmful to slugs and snails because it cuts into their soft bodies like sandpaper.

You can use diatomaceous earth around your garden or anywhere else you see slugs or snails in your yard (or around the house).

Simply sprinkle it over the area where they like to hide, then water it down so it sticks firmly to the ground. The sharp edges of this substance will cut through their exoskeletons as they crawl across it. Causing them great discomfort until they die from dehydration or internal bleeding.

5. Try Borax Earth

If you want to keep slugs and snails off of your plants, try borax. Borax is a natural mineral that kills slugs and snails by dehydrating them. You can use it in two ways:

  • Sprinkle it on top of the soil where you want to keep snails away from plants (it doesn’t kill them immediately but does make it harder for them to move around).
  • Add a handful of borax to watering cans with water before filling up pots or flower beds with fresh soil. Which will help prevent small creatures from hiding out inside the dirt when they’re transplanted into new locations.

6. Make A Homemade Slug Trap

You can make a homemade slug trap using either a jar or a bucket. The best way to do this is by placing it near your plants, as slugs are often found in moist environments. You will need:

  • Beer, cider, or wine (the alcohol content needs to be high enough)
  • A glass jar – the bigger, the better!


Once you are done with the trap, place it near the plants and let them drown in the jar filled with beer or wine.

7. Make Slug And Snail Bait With Beer And Cornmeal Or Flour

Mix beer and cornmeal or flour in a 1:4 ratio. If you’re using a large container, it’s best to pour the beer into the container first and then add the cornmeal or flour.

Place shallow dishes of bait out in your yard where slugs and snails are known to be active. Make sure that these dishes are shallow enough for slugs and snails to climb up into them.

8. Set Out Wine-Filled Glasses

Slugs and snails are attracted to the alcohol in wine. So it’s a good idea to set out some glasses of water and wine for them. You can use any glass that is large enough to hold water, like an empty wine bottle or even a jar with holes punched in its lid. Slugs will crawl inside these containers, fall asleep from being drunk on alcohol and drown when they wake up!

9. Use Slug Pellet Bait

Slug pellets are the most effective way to kill slugs and snails in your garden or flower beds. Slug pellets are made from iron phosphate, which is safe for pets and children. They can be used in flower beds, vegetable gardens, around trees and shrubs – even on lawns!

10. Try Coffee Grounds, Eggshells, Or Pepper

The last resort to get rid of slugs and snails is to use home remedies including coffee grounds, eggshells, and pepper.

Coffee Grounds

This is a great option for those who want to use organic ingredients, but you’ll need to make sure your slugs are attracted to the smell of coffee. If they aren’t, try adding some sugar or honey to the mix.


Another great way to use leftover eggshells is by crushing them up and sprinkling them around your garden or flower beds as bait for slugs. You can also mix up some eggshells with other natural slugs killers like salt or crushed garlic cloves before scattering them around your plants for added protection against pests!


Slugs hate the taste of peppermint oil, which means using it as bait can be very effective in getting rid of these slimy pests from your garden! Simply add some crushed peppermint leaves into an old jar lid filled halfway up with water (or even just sprinkle some fresh ones directly onto any areas where slugs tend to congregate).

Once done setting up this trap – place it somewhere secure yet accessible. So people don’t accidentally get sprayed by one’s vapors while walking past them; otherwise. They might start coughing uncontrollably until all symptoms disappear after several minutes pass by again.”

Final Words

We hope these 10 tips will help you get rid of slugs and snails in your garden. If you have any other ideas or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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