Hostas & Slugs?

Question by swati: Hostas & Slugs?
I planted a few hostas in my garden and the slugs seem to be feasting on them right down to their veins. Is there a humane way to get rid of slugs? I’d hate to use anything that kills them.

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Answer by LeapingLizard
I think i remember reading in the Gardens Alive organic gardening catalog that there is some kind of slug barrier you can put around your hostas. I understand that you don’t want to kill the little slimeys but the other alternative is to put beer in a can lid and let the slugs get drunk – but then they drown as a result. Gardens Alive may also have a slug repellant that doesn’t kill them, I’m not sure. I don’t have a slug problem thank goodness. Good luck finding an alternative to killing your slugs.

What do you think?

8 Responses to “Hostas & Slugs?”

  1. pineapple princess says:

    I have a book about orchids and it said one of the ways that you can get rid of a slug is to use… beer! Yeah, beer. Just have several small plates filled with beer and place them around your plant. The slugs will drink it and drown themselves in it. I haven’t tried it myself, but you could give it a try. If it doesn’t work out, then sorry for the advise.

  2. blackjack says:

    Slugs, rabbits, AND deer were eating my hostas and I sprinkled blood meal around them this Spring and nothing bothered them. You can buy it in the garden section of Wal-Mart

  3. jlucas225 says:

    diatomacious earth, probably not spelled correctly, it’l work.

  4. ramzee says:

    diatomacious earth can be found in the pool supply section.

    Be Blessed!

  5. sheeny says:

    I read that if you put a saucer of beer near the hosta, the slugs will go for it. But I think that they will drown in it.

  6. crapweasel says:

    as far as i know the best way to get rid of them is to place some jar lids filled with beer near your hostas. the slugs will either avoid the smell or get drunk in the beer and you can move them to another area

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  8. David S says:

    Blood meal is also an excellent source of nitrogen for your hostas.
    I have also made a ring of bare copper wire set on the ground, under the plants, encircling my hostas.
    There is something to the effect that the slugs get a minuscule shock when they come into contact with the wire, that deters their advancements onto the plant. (it’s the copper).
    Hope this helps,

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