Slugs -- Baits

By The Old House Web
Beer baits aren't as effective as many are led to believe. If used, bury saucers of containers of beer at ground level. Several saucers or containers may need to be buried in an area, emptied daily and refilled. Cans with plastic lids can be used with holes cut into the side and buried to the hole; this prevents animals from discovering the beer and draining the bait. Slugs are attracted to the yeast smell and drown. However, slug populations may be too large for this method to be effective. However, some degree of control is better than none.

Slug baits (poisons) are available at many garden center, nurseries and discount stores. Most of the products contain metaldehyde or Mesurol. Baits can be pelletized or powdered. Pelletized baits tend to provide longer residual than powdered forms. Most baits need to be moist in order to attract slugs. Replenish baits when dissolved or removed. Baits may be attractive to some pets; use cautiously. Make sure to read and follow all instructions.

See: Slugs--Barriers; Slugs--Biology; Slugs--Control

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