What is a safe method to deter slugs and snails in the garden without chemicals?

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    One of the single most effective slug and snail pest control methods is to water your garden in the morning, and avoid watering it just before night. This is because slugs prefer wet, damp areas, and watering during the morning means the soil will be dry by the time night rolls around. Also, getting a colleciton fo the slugs natural predators, such as toads, to inhabit your garden will help, along with using local plant varieties, many of which already have natural slug defenses. For an even greater list of slug deterrents, please follow the supplied links.

    I hope this helped!

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      Thanks for that, especially the eartheasy link. Last year, I planted habenero peppers in the same pot as my tomato plants and the tomatoes suffered zero pest problems. Is it possible that planting hot peppers in with other plants will keep pests away?

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      Indeed it is. The element that gives peppers like Habaneros their heat is called capsaicin (http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/pepper/2002075348029538.html), and it has the entertaining properties of being odorless, tasteless, and water soluble… in addition to causing a burning sensation. For critters like slugs, and other gastropods (who use absorb water through their skin) I imagine this causes a rather unpleasant sensation, especially as it was developed as a plant defense mechanism anyway.

      Plant’s never seem to count on the odd tastes of humanity though… but I guess it did convince you to cultivate them, so maybe they’re smarter than we think!

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    You can put out a shallow dish of beer in your garden.  The slugs will become attracted to it and be easy to clean up in the morning.  We used to do this to keep them from bothering the plants in our garden.  They go after stale beer as well, so if you can re-use one can for a week or so.

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    If you have a slug problem ……Try  The slugbell….the best slug and snail control device in the World…

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    If you have a slug problem ……Try  The slugbell….the best slug and snail control device in the World…

    It protects …Children, Pets, Garden Wildlife, and  Our Environment……True…go to . http://www.slugbell.com

    And see for your self………………….

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    I’m not sure how smart this is….BUT I’m going to say it anyway.  At my grandma’s house me and my brother just take the slugs out of the garden ourselves.  Then we just use the slugs as bate for fishing. You would be surprised how many fish you can catch with a good slug.

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