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This is an updated version of a KNOL article for combating slugs and snails in the vegetable garden. I added to the information and added videos.
How to Build a Garden Beer Slug and Snail Trap
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Slugs!. Nothing more to say. Here is one way to help manage them in the garden. A beer trap will attract and kill slugs. It won't cure the problem of slugs in the garden but in will significantly reduce their numbers.
How to Build a Garden Slug Beer Trap
Why Build A Slug Beer Trap?
The truth is... managing slugs in the garden takes a multiple step approach. This Knol shows you one way to help reduce the number of slugs in your garden.
You can purchase foil tins at your local grocery store. The shape and depth of the tins don't really matter. I suggest tins that are 1 - 3 inches deep. Any bottle of beer and some yeast is also needed to build the trap.
The slugs are attracted to the yeast. A little extra yeast sprinkled in with the beer helps to bait the trap.
Selecting the Location
Placing the Tin
Baiting the Trap
Maintaining the Traps
Beer traps work well and should be part of your attack in your war against slugs. I have not found a way to kill every slug but find you can really decrease their numbers in the garden.