Slugs are an extremely common form of garden pests which can fill up your beloved garden with slime trails, missing seedlings and damaged leaves. While most of these slugs prefer munching on animal wastes and decaying plant, some might develop a special appetite for living plant material.
Slugs feed mostly during night-time. But the gardeners can understand the quantum of damage caused only during day when it becomes impossible to find the culprit. This mystery causes the gardeners to spray around general insecticide on the plants for killing the bug. Such an action as we all know is completely useless in combating a mollusc like slug.
Hand picking the slimy slugs also seem like an extremely disgusting chore which is why most gardeners tend to ignore it in its entirety. Keeping such things mind, we will channel our today's discussion around natural remedies which can be availed for keeping the harmful slugs at bay.
#1 Welcoming Natural Predators
Frogs, toads, ducks, nematodes, chickens, salamanders, turtles, newts, shrews, hedgehogs, rove beetles, praying mantises, fireflies, lizards, snakes, birds as well as ground beetles are some natural predators which feed on slugs. You can thus encourage the inhabitation of these predators in your garden.
#2 Clever Gardening Antics
You can opt for leaf mold and compost instead of hay, straw and shredded wood mulches as slugs tend to thrive on the latter options. You also need to avoid watering your garden late during the day as slugs' flourish in wet conditions.
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