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If I water down the beer in my beer traps will it still 'off' the slugs?

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handlemecarefully Wed 08-Aug-07 16:09:24

If it is watered down say 50% will it still attract them enough to lure them over and drown them?

I just bought a 4 pack of John Smith bitter at the local garage for £3.99 (fecking lucky slugs) and it isn't going to go far...

handlemecarefully Wed 08-Aug-07 16:14:53

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jangly Wed 08-Aug-07 16:17:00

Yeah, it probably will work ok. A slug crawled into my shoe which I left outside last night, and it couldn't have ponged that much!

ledodgy Wed 08-Aug-07 16:18:54

My mum used to use that value lager that's about 50p a can in Tesco, that worked and that's watered down loads. pmsl at the slugs drinking John Smiths.

handlemecarefully Wed 08-Aug-07 16:46:51

Pampered aren't they.

Will look out for value lager from Tesco next time I am shopping!

Hallgerda Thu 09-Aug-07 13:04:25

Mine drank Carling Black Label for a while <ducks to avoid angry fellow Streathamites plagued by superslugs>.

hatwoman Thu 09-Aug-07 13:08:22

in depseration and anger mine once had some poncey organic ale. have a party and then next morning go round emptying all the cans for your little friends

Marina Thu 09-Aug-07 13:09:37

Tell me where you live and I will come and eat your plants in exchange for some beer HMC

ladymac Thu 09-Aug-07 13:12:58

Forgive the ignorance but what do you put the beer in and where do you have to position it? Have a major slug problem. Tried eggshells round my hostas but the slugs cared not and have eaten them up.

ladymac Thu 09-Aug-07 13:15:47

The hosta not the eggshells.

hatwoman Thu 09-Aug-07 14:55:31

anything - jam jar, food tin, large yoghurt pot - bury them so the lip is at ground level. fill about a third-half. be prepared - the contents are barftastic

ladymac Thu 09-Aug-07 15:05:38

Thanks Hatwoman.

We have inherited decking at our new house and I have watched the slugs climb out through the gaps between the slats. I can't wait to get my beer traps buried!

Nbg Thu 09-Aug-07 15:07:41

There was a guy on This Morning last week and he was saying that you can just water your plants with the beer and it will keep the slugs off.

We have a big fat bugger coming into our living room on a night.
Eurghhhhhhh

handlemecarefully Tue 21-Aug-07 19:08:02

That's a handy tip. Watering them with beery water. That really works?

I've found some Morrisons value bitter - 92p for 4 cans.

Broccoli plants still look a bit beseiged but I am fishing out slugs on a regular basis. We feed them to the chickens and think we are terribly hilarious yelling "Oi, chickens - would you like some marinaded slugs?"

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