Credit: Krystle Reeves

If you live in or have visited the Pacific Northwest, then you have likely noticed our slug population. I was intrigued by the little creatures at first, but when they began decimating my growing garden I decided to no longer offer a safe habitation to allow this behavior. Our sprouts and plants did not stand a chance against the persistence of our new garden visitors. Something needed to be done to stop this massacre of every green thing!


After researching some options, my husband and I decided to try out the beer slug trap.  The method seemed easy enough to undertake, and it turns out that many people in our community benefit from this manner of slug control. The traps worked successfully in our garden and significantly reduced the magnitude of slug damage. I have renewed hope that our garden will thrive in the absence of the slug population.


Slugs enjoy moisture. They seem to appear in droves during the wet season. Thankfully, they also like fermenting material. Beer is an effective substance to lure and trap these unwanted garden guests. Other forms of alcohol will not work; the slugs are attracted to the yeast in the beer. So, purchase your 6-pack, place your traps, and relax as the beer begins to rid your garden of the slimy and unwanted occupants.




Small plastic containers



Take the small plastic containers and place them at ground level near a problem area. If placing directly in the garden it should be easy to dig a space to set the containers into. Fill each container about 80% full with the beer. Wait. We had 3 containers crowded with drowned slugs the next day. Discard slugs and beer and repeat process. Each container has an attraction range of a few feet; so multiple containers placed around the garden area are beneficial. You can leave the traps out for several days, or until they become full. You will want to replace them every few days to avoid rancid odors. 

slug beer trap
Credit: Krystle Reeves