Gardening expert shares jam jar hack to trap and kill ‘country’s number one pest’


Gardening expert Adam Pasco has shared his “natural” tips for removing slugs and snails from your garden. Adam explained how trap and kill the country’s “number one pest” using chemical-free free methods and household items. The horticulturalist shared his advice in a video for B&Q in 2015.

“Keep birds away and creates a little mini cloche to help the plants grow more quickly and keeps the pests away too.”

Adam said another way to protect your plants is by cutting up your old compost bags.

You can cut them open and try lying them down onto the soil surface, lawns or borders.

The bags can be secured with stones if there’s windy weather.

He said: “Another thing you can do in your borders, around your delicate plants, on your veg plot, anywhere you like, just dig a hole, sink a jam jar or a plastic yoghurt pot or something into the ground so the rim of the pots is level with the soil surface and top that up with a good, bitter beer.

“This acts as a slug trap, what you’ll find is they’re attracted to the smell of the beer they will crawl along, go and have a nice drink and die happy drowned in the alcohol below.

“When you find some slugs in there, again, you can literally put the top on and just throw that away in the dustbin.

“Do also check each day because you can find that little beetles and some of the nice insects in the garden can crawl in there so just hook them out and save them.

“Otherwise, it’s a good way of controlling slugs naturally.”


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