Slugs do not only look nasty, slimy, and gross; they can cause abrupt and devastating damage to a garden that is not protected effectively against the slug threat. Therefore being prepared for a slug infestation is the best way to prevent having to deal with a full scale slug invasion. However if you are unable to prevent a slug invasion you must be able to recognize the tell tale signs of a slug infestation in your garden. For recognizing you have a problem is the first step to getting rid of slugs in your garden. The first thing you should look for is large holes on the leaves of plants.
Slugs like certain plant more than others. For example slugs will generally go after soft texture leaves that are easy to munch into. They will not go after the harder texture and rougher leaves, as these are not as easy to chew into. Therefore the first sign you should look for is large holes in plants with a softer textured leaf. The next sign you should look for will really be a definitive sign in knowing you are dealing with slugs and that is nice slimy trails on the leaves next to the holes in the leaves. If you see the holes with the slime trails you can be almost positive you are dealing with slug damage and not some other pest.
Now that you are sure you are dealing with slug you can take preventive steps to make sure you get rid of the infestation of slugs in your garden. The first step is going to be taking a look around the plants you identified to have slug damage. Slugs will usually build small colonies at the base of these plants in order to continue to feast on the leaves. Therefore take a look towards the ground and see if you can see any signs of slugs on the ground. If you can find the slug colony you can easily kill the entire colony. However more likely than not you are not going to be able to find the slug colony and you are going to have to do a little work in attempting make sure the slugs are permanently exterminated from your garden.
One of the best ways to get rid of slugs is with a nice big tub of beer. Yes that is right beer is one of the best ways to get rid of slugs from your garden. All you have to do is get about a five inch deep of cup. Next place the cub next to the plants that the damage seems to be being done to. At night, since most slugs are nocturnal creatures, fill the cup with beer. The slugs will then be attracted to the beer and they will go in and drown. Just make sure you grease the sides of the cup with butter in order to make sure the slugs slip down the sides and drown in the beer.
Coffee has also been proven to be a natural slug deterrent. So after you make your cup of coffee in the morning either using beans or grounds you should be sure to save them. The caffeine found in the grounds will deter the slugs away from it. Therefore simply sprinkle the coffee grounds on the ground away from the plants that are getting eaten. This will prevent the slugs from getting to the plant.
Another way to make sure the slugs are dead on arrival is to use iron phosphate. When slugs eat iron phosphate their digestive tracts become messed up and damaged. This can cause a rupture in their intestines killing them. Therefore if you spray iron phosphate on a slug attracting bait you can kill with slugs without having to do any real work yourself. The slugs will be practically killing themselves.
Cooper is yet another material that is dangerous to a slugs health. The slugs can not go onto copper because for some reason it sends shocks through their slimy bodies. Therefore if you create a copper box guard around your plants you will effectively prevent the slugs from being able to attack your plants.
Hopefully with these tips you will be able to get rid of slugs from your garden.