Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Slug Wars!

I've been noticing for a while that something has been nibbling on my vegetables, but I haven't been able to figure out what. However, last night I was out in my garden a little later than usual and discovered slugs crawling all over my plants! Boy did it make me mad. So they are what's been eating my plants! Well, I was not having it, so I picked off every last slug I could find and tossed them in the woods. There were literally hand fulls of them. Needless to say, it was not the most enjoyable experience of my life.

Today I continued my battle against these nasty little creatures and placed little slug traps around my garden. This is something I remember my mother doing in our garden when I was a little kid. Apparently slugs like beer, so I placed small cups of beer around my garden. The slugs will be attracted to the beer, fall in, drown and stop eating my plants. My cups were a bit tall so I cut them down a bit and filled them with about an inch of cheap beer.

What's fairly ironic about this whole slugs and beer thing is that my husband and I are on a budget and on account of alcoholic beverages being a tad unnecessary as well as on the expensive side, we really have not bought beer or any other alcohol in months. And now that we finally buy some beer it's going straight to the slugs.

Warning, this next picture is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I'm really sorry about putting this up here, but I just had to.

I just want others to really understand what I've been through.

After setting up my slug traps I went hunting for any slugs I could find and unfortunately I found some. I ended up sticking them in a cup until I could dispose of them. Here's a picture:

Looking at this makes me a little nauseous and brings back some traumatic memories. Maybe after some therapy I'll be ok again.

On a brighter note, I'm really hoping the beer cups work. Don't worry I'll keep you posted and I'll try to keep myself from putting up more slug photos.


  1. That was a pretty gross - thanks for the warning! haha At least it's proof that the beer was effective.

  2. Oh wow! That's sick! You're such a good defender of your garden.