How to Detect Slug Eggs and What to Do About Them?

How to Detect Slug Eggs and What to Do About Them

Have slugs recently attacked your garden? Now, you are thinking about what to do with them. If you carefully read and implement our findings and instructions, you will know your way out. 

You may love keeping slugs as pets. But as a gardener, you wouldn’t want them near your plants. There is a reason why slugs and snails are the worst enemies of gardens-  their eating habits can destroy the crop. 

You might wonder what slugs look like if you are new to gardening. Well, they look like a trail of slime in exposed areas. Even their eggs don’t have the perfect round shape.

In this article, we have two sections:

  • Detecting slug eggs
  • Getting rid of slug eggs

We will discuss them one by one. Let’s get started.

How to Detect Slug Eggs?

Slug eggs are often found under stones, rotting vegetation, near fence posts, or garden stepping stones. They will look like small translucent white or clear oblongs, about the size of a cooked pieced of rice.

Slugs are experts in hiding. But there are several ways you can detect slug eggs, adult slugs, and snails. Once you know how to detect, you can take proactive measures to catch them. 

Search at Night

Slugs are nocturnal, and they seldom come out in the day. Most of them look for food when it’s dark. 

The best time to catch slugs is at night. During the day, they hide under rocks or hollow logs. They also might be under some leaves. 

Slugs only look for places that are dark or shady and moist. Look for them in relatively chilly places because they hate the heat. 

Monitor Common Slug Places

Slugs live in a variety of places, given the environment is favorable. Mostly, they prefer living in shaded and damp areas. If there are no shady places, they get under some hard objects like a rock. 

Slugs like to remain cool, and this is why they avoid places with direct sunlight. Here are some of the places you can find them:

  • Flower pots
  • Under any kind of shade
  • Rocks
  • Under leaves
  • Debris
  • Containers
  • Under mulch and boards
  • Any moist places

Identify a Slime Trail

If you’re having a hard time looking for slugs and snails, you must spot their slime trails. Then you have to follow the streak to catch them. It’s easier to find a slime trail than a slug itself. 

Deceive Slugs

It’s challenging to find slugs because they hide in moist and dark places. However, lure them into coming out by creating their ideal habitats. Let’s find out how. 

  • Identify the snail house. As we already mentioned, you can find them around cool and shaded places.
  • Water the area in the afternoon or evening. Dampen the soil and leave a drop of water or two on any leaflet or under-lying vegetables.
  • Come back in the night with a light. You might easily see slugs and snails, or at least their slime trails. 

In case you cannot find the house of slugs or snails in your garden, you can easily create an artificial habitat. For setting up a hiding place for slugs, you need to provide a moist place with an adequate shade like lay woods, bricks, stones, and flower pots.

You can also use inverted melon rinds for that. But then, they attract other insects as well. It will be a lot more difficult to get rid of all insects, let alone slugs and snails. 

Pitfall Trap

Pitfall traps are a perfect solution to catch and get rid of slugs and other terrestrial critters. For doing so, you need to follow the steps below:

  • Dig a deep and wide hole in the ground
  • Mix beer or baking yeast along with sugar and water in the pitfall. Don’t fill in too much water; otherwise, the slugs might drown. 
  • You have created a pitfall trap, and now you need to monitor it regularly. You should check it at least once a day. 

How to Get Rid of Slugs?

There are many ways you can get rid of slugs attacking your garden. Let’s find them out one by one.

Get Predators to Work

Getting predators to work in your garden is a natural way to deal with slugs. 

Slow worms can save your garden from slugs. As they are becoming rare, we recommend giving them the much-needed shelter. The corrugated iron sheet helps you raise them well. 

Hedgehogs are another helpful predator to get rid of unwanted slugs. You should first provide them with a proper habitat to fulfill their needs. Make sure to research about hedgehogs before letting them take care of your garden. 

According to some experts, ducks can also handle slugs. Again, you need to take care of them. A good munch in the morning and evening is perfect. 

Carob beetles can also play an important role in keeping your garden slug-free. They are one of the most effective slug predators as they eat away slug eggs and little slugs. 

Like slugs, centipedes love moist and shaded places, so introducing them in your garden is a good idea. They will eat away the remaining slugs.

Relocate Slugs

Like we said, a lot of people keep slugs as pets. Once you take them out of your garden, you can use open jars to keep them. You can also sell them if you aren’t interested.

However, if you keep slugs as your pet, do not forget to take care of them. It’s better to know about their lifestyle before you decide on keeping them as pets. 

Make a Border

Another effective way is to make a border of copper around your garden. With a copper border, they won’t invade your garden as copper is repulsive to slugs. All you need is a dozen pennies, and you will get your job done.

You can also add eggshells while making the border. Clean them properly and remove the thinner membrane. The sharp edges of eggshells won’t let the slugs cross the border. 

Protect Little Plants

Slugs are in love with little plants and seedlings. We recommend you to take care of those babies, instead of doing the hard work for the entire garden. It saves you time as well. 

You can spread eggshells, copper wire, or diatomaceous earth around the little plants and seedlings. Slugs don’t usually cross them. 

Get Rid of Moist Areas

Another effective solution to get rid of slugs and snails is to remove all the moist, shady areas. Mulch and containers are the most potential areas for slugs attack. 

You can remove mulch and create legs for containers so that you can see under them. In this way, you keep slugs and snails in control. 

Ensure Direct Sunlight 

Your slugs will move away from your plants if they are in the full sun. Clean your garden regularly and remove anything that could block sunlight. 

Conclusion

To sum it up, detecting slug eggs in your garden is a challenging job. However, you will find your way if you follow the steps mentioned in this article. 

Here is the bottom line: Search for slugs in the night, monitor every possible slug habitat, and look for a slime trail. 

Make sure your plants are well exposed to sunlight to keep slugs away from them. You can also keep slugs as pets or give them to people who would like to have them.