How to Make a Beer Trap for Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails can be a big problem in your vegetable garden. They particularly love leafy green vegetables, wheat, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, and many other plants that humans love to grow. Some people choose poisonous slug pellets to get rid of them, but if you’re like us, you want to keep your garden free of poisons for the sake of your crops, your pets, and your children. There are natural ways to get rid of these frustrating critters. One way is to use beer. Yes, slugs and snails love their beer! It’s not the alcohol they long for, but the yeast. Here’s how to make a beer trap for slugs and snails.

Dry yeast (this is optional but will up the “yeast quotient” of the mix.)
Disposable aluminum pans

Bury the aluminum pans in the dirt at ground level so they are flush with the soil. If the edges of the pans are above the soil and not level with the ground, the slugs will not fall as easily into the pans.

Pour beer into the bottom of the pan, a half an inch to an inch deep is all you need.

Open your package of dried yeast, pour a teaspoon or so into your hand, and sprinkle into the pan.

Place as many of these traps around your garden as you feel necessary depending on the extent of your slug problem. Every few feet is a good place to start or two to three per raised bed.

Change the trap every two or three days. The mixture will evaporate and/or start to smell rancid after a couple of days. Rinse the pan and repeat the above steps.

Do you have tips on how to make a beer trap? Has it worked or not worked for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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