Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis

Slugs and Snails Scrape Surfaces of Leaves

Attacked by aphids? Stricken with snails? Sometimes the smallest pests can do the most damage in your garden. But you don't have to resort to chemical-based pesticides to discourage - or downright evict - bugs, slugs and other small garden enemies. Here are some tried-and-true tactics for keeping them away, naturally:

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  • An Ounce of Prevention: The surest way to keep garden insects at bay is to grow healthy, disease-free plants that are a more difficult target for bugs and can withstand the occasional attack more readily. Regularly inspect leaves for discoloration or damage, and remove, deadhead or pinch off diseased plants or leaves. Appropriate watering for your plant’s needs and healthy, nutrient-rich soil will also help keep your plants healthy. Keep weeds under control, as they can create a safe haven for pests.
  • Make 'Em Prey: One great way to keep pests away is to attract their natural predators to your garden. Your approach may vary depending on the type of pest you’re dealing with. For example, aphids – also known as “plant lice” – are the prey of wasps, ladybugs, and lacewings, while ground-dwelling slugs fear ground beetles, lizards, toads…and snakes. Research ways to attract the types of critters that can wipe out your pest problem for you!
  • Unsafe Passage: Creeping pests like slugs, snails and caterpillars approach your plants from the ground – so make it a sharp, dangerous place. Spread crushed eggshells beneath the targeted plants and creepy-crawlies will move along.
  • Make A Stink: Many aromatic herbs, like yarrow, citronella, mint, fennel, catnip, basil, and lemongrass are natural deterrents for garden pests from aphids to potato beetles. As an added bonus, some of these herbs also attract the predators that keep pests under control.
  •  Choose Your Poison: Flour, salt, beer: all substances that are completely safe for humans, but that can be seriously toxic to insects, slugs and snails. This article offers several natural, DIY pesticide recipes you can use to wipe out your unwanted guests.

4 Comments About this Article

  • Inthelikeness
    If I have cicada killer wasps and ladybugs in my garden, can I trust these bugs to eliminate the aphid eggs on my pepper plants?

    Posted 3 years ago

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  • I seem to be having a problem this year for the first time with little flat snails, not the typical ones that you usually see. Any ideas what they are and how to control them?

    Posted 2 years ago

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  • P.C.
    put salt around ur garden do around the outside in between the plants no more snails it works

    Posted 1 year ago

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  • anonymous
    Doesn't epsom salt work best? For weeds too. And for pests I think it's best to get D.E. - Diatomaceous earth or diatomite. I also once made this weird anti-bug pest spray with vinegar, baking soda and seaweed in water. It's supposed to repel insects. Thanks for the article Lorelai @

    Posted 12 months ago

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