Got Slugs? Try Beer!

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Triad --  If you feel like slugs are trying to overtake your yard, there's hope.  A dish of beer may be just the thing you're looking for. 

Does having all the beer you can drink sound like a good thing?  Well, apparently slugs think so.  They are drawn to the smell of it.  Alcohol has taken down many great people... and slugs.

According to Jeff Gillman in his book "The Truth About Garden Remedies", to set a beer trap, select a dish or jar with enough room for several inches of beer and at least one inch at the top.  Dig a hole and put it in the ground so the top is level with the ground.  Then fill it with beer, leaving at least an inch of clearance at the top. 

Here's how it works.  Gillman says slugs smell the beer and come running... or at least crawling at a slug's pace.  Since they have to stretch out at least an inch to get to it, they will fall in and drown. 

Here's what not to do.  Don't leave your dish above ground.  That's making it a little too hard for them to get to.  You don't want to draw them over, have them decide it's too much trouble, and start munching on your plants instead.      

Try it!  Hopefully in the morning, you'll find a dish of drunken, dead slugs. 

The Truth About Garden Remedies, by Jeff Gillman

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