Slug and Snail Traps

Slug and Snail traps are used to both attract them in concentrated groups for collection or to bait and kill them in your organic garden.

Attracting Slugs and Snails

I'm sure you've noticed that when you find slugs and snails in your organic garden they are huddled together in large groups.  Use this observation to biologically control them. Slugs and snails will always crawl under "stuff" to get away from the light and heat.  In the morning all you need to do is to collect them.

Uses for Organically Trapped Slugs and Snails:

  • Place in Compost pile (drown them first in a pale of water)
  • Feed to Chickens
  • Feed to Tilapia (crushed up), shells and all
  • Make escargot with the garden snails

Wooden Boards - Scatter short sections of wooden board (lightly water) throughout the garden, and allowing the Slugs and Snails to hide beneath them and then destroying them on a consistent basis.

Oatmeal - Slugs and Snails love wet oatmeal are very attracted to it. Each morning you will find many of them in concentrated groups so you can destroy them on a consistent basis. offers great organic products for Slug and Snail control

Inverted Flower Pot - Prop the flower pot upside down (prop side edge up slightly).  Slugs and Snails will crawl up into the pots for easy harvesting.


Beer Traps - Take shallow saucers and place them throughout the organic garden. Around dusk pour about a 1/2" of beer (use cheap beer, they really don't care) into each saucer. The next morning you will have between fifteen to twenty drowned Slugs and Snails in each saucer. Refill nightly with fresh beer. This method is very effective if done every night for at least one week. Remember to move the saucers to different locations each night.

Iron Phosphate - Iron Phosphate is a safe approach, which is much more safe and natural than metaldehyde based baits (not an organic).

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