Slugs are not critters popular with gardeners. They can indeed cause great damage in the garden and vegetable garden. After a few unwanted bites of salads and young shoots, we quickly want to get rid of these pests. But how can they be hunted around plants without pesticides and other not very ecological chemicals? Of course we can use biological repellents based on iron phosphate (or sodium iron). However, there are also 100% natural methods to repel snails that we normally already have in the house. uh yes! Grandma’s tips, as always, offer very beneficial natural solutions against snails.
By the way, do not forget that snails are more active and harmful at night. To avoid attracting them with moist soil, make it a good habit to water in the morning. This simple, highly effective gesture will limit much of the damage in the garden, all without toxic products or special gardener efforts! Indeed, the soil will have time to dry out during the day and will seem less hospitable to them.
1) Just pick up!
Roll up your sleeves, take your courage in both hands and pick up slugs to release them from your vegetable garden. You can also use a grapefruit half, wooden board, piece of cardboard, or tile. Place it directly on the ground. There is also a more aesthetic solution: turn a flower pot upside down and leave an opening for them to pass through. The snails will take refuge below before daybreak. The next day all you have to do is turn them over to harvest.
2) lure the snails to get rid of them better
First of all there is the famous beer trap create distraction. Take a cup and fill it with beer. You just need to place it next to the plants you want to protect. Replace the container every 2-3 days. On the other hand, this classic solution is not always unanimous, because it sometimes attracts all snails nearby… Even those who didn’t plan to come to your yard! In addition, enemies of snails (beetles and staphylins in the main role) have tendency to also come as drowning. So it’s not very good at stopping the invasion… Otherwise you can attract them with piles of fresh herbs, potato wedges or bran. Once donned, you can pick them up to drop them off elsewhere.
3) Useful powders against snails
First of all, it is possible tospread coffee grounds around the young plants. Slugs and snails do indeed hate caffeine. And in addition to a repellent effect, it also serves as fertilizer for the garden. Otherwise, pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a jar and set it on the side of where they are located. cornstarch will make their stomachs swell and kill them. Of course, this is not the solution we most recommend, as it means we will kill an animal. However, in the case of a major invasion, it may be necessary to pass through this… To kill them, it is also possible to sprinkle salt on them. Again, this is a solution to use as a last resort, especially since too much salt soil is not good for the environment.