Saturday, October 17, 2009

How To Make An Effective Slug Trap

If slugs are eating away at your ground cover, here is a tip to build a better "slug" trap.  My particular problem was that slugs were chewing nasty holes in my hostas.  Here is what to do:

  1. By some slug bait containing an insecticide at your local gardening center.
  2. Collect a few small plastic water bottles. Large soda bottles are too large you will not be able to hide them well.
  3. Cut the tops off of the bottles about a half inch below where the straight part of the bottle ends.
  4. Pour a little slug bait into the bottle.
  5. Turning the top of the bottle around, place it back into the bottle so that the mouth of the bottle is now inside.
  6. Take a stapler and fasten the reversed top to the bottle.
  7. Place the bottle in an area of your garden where the slugs do the most damage.
There you have it!  A very effective slug trap.  The reversed bottle top now makes an easy ramp for the slugs to enter.  The bait will attract them.  They crawl inside, eat the bait, then they cannot get out very easily and they die before they can escape.  Once the trap is gets too many slugs in it, just throw it away and make a new one.  However, if you don't mind the extra effort, you could be Earth Friendly and cut the top off the trap, scrap the slugs into the trash or compost pile, then recycle the plastic container.

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