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Grapefruit Slug Control

By: Tricia Craven Worley

You don’t usually see them during the day because they feed at night, but the holes in your plant leaves (such as hostas) are most likely from slugs. Although chemical methods of eliminating slugs may prove effective here’s a natural method that even the kids can help with. Create a trap with grapefruit halves.

  • Take emptied out grapefruit halves and place them upside down in your garden to create a moist, dark place for the slugs to gather.
  • Turn them over the next morning and give the birds a treat.
  • Some other methods that can be used to keep slugs away include spreading crushed eggshells around the area or using mulches such as pine straw that have a sharp texture.

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  • rebecca martinez Says:
    June 30th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    i have been bothered by slugs near the front steps. they crawl up onto the steps at night and up on the outside glass of front door. They leave this silvery discharge on the steps. i used salt last week and they were gone the next night. i poured the salt on steps and the slugs…they left.



  • Charles Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Try Slug Shields. I think that they are the only natural slug deterrent that works AND is maintenance free for the season. Good luck!


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