Slugs have no regard if it’s an old bit of rotted wood or the new blueberry bush you just planted two days ago in your garden. It’s all good eats to them. Before I share the interesting solution I tried the last couple days to rid my garden of these loathesome pests, let’s talk more about slugs in general.
Slugs decompose material, which is useful in a forest like this banana slug is doing. Their mucus is essential to their survival. If it dries up, they are toast. This is exactly why you notice more slugs when it’s been raining or wet out and less often when it’s hot. When things dry out, slugs will find someplace moist to hole up, such as in rocks, fallen trees, and man-made planters.
The other major bummer about slugs is they reproduce like nobody’s business. One slug can lay up to 30 slug babies at one time!
Now I’m always looking for ways to remove these guys from lollygagging around my parsley and lettuce, and particularly, ways to do this organically. I’ve heard about the beer traps before, but recently stumbled upon the idea of using raw potato slices. I decided to try it to see if it would work because I just so happen to have some potatoes on hand. I took two and thinly sliced them, scattering them in various containers in my garden.
The first day, I got up early in the morning only to find NO SLUGS. I nearly wrote the whole thing off, but just left the potatoes out in the garden.
I found an assortment of little slugs on this potato slice. Using the potato slices has another advantage: you can actually observe what you’re up against. I noticed right away that the larger slug was very dark in color.
Remember: if you use the potato method, you will have to make sure to remove the slugs and/or the potatoes at some point. In my case, I just flicked the slugs off the potatoes into the yard waste bin and replaced the potatoes back in the garden to catch their buddies.
Over the next week or so, I plan on trying a couple different methods for trapping slugs. I’ll let you know how they compare.
Have you ever used potatoes to catch slugs?