A natural, safe way to get rid of slugs with neem oil
The growing season is upon us, and with it come the slugs!
If there is one pest that gardeners everywhere strive to find a solution for getting rid of, it has to be the slug.
They love our damp, clay soil, hiding under our hedges and coming out at night to feast on our lettuces and other leafy crops.
Luckily we’ve discovered our own natural, effective and safe remedy. It doesn’t use any toxic chemicals, so will not harm children or pets. It doesn’t destroy the soil or the environment and it doesn’t play on our conscience too much as it doesn’t actually KILL the slugs; it interferes with their breeding pattern. The less they can breed, the less slugs you have in your garden.
Neem[amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]B000S6LMW6[/amazon-product]
Our wonder ingredient is neem oil. Extracted from the neem tree in India, it is a potent product containing azadirachtin – a powerful insecticide. The tree has no known pests and the oil smells like old onion soup! You can use it on your skin and hair and even take it internally, so it’s perfectly safe for spraying on your crops.
To get rid of slugs:
Mix together 2 tbsp neem oil
1 ltr hot water
1 tbsp of washing liquid (the stuff you put in a washing machine, not the stuff you wash dishes with)
Really agitate the mixture vigorously until all the neem oil is dispersed into an emulsion.
Spray away on all the plants you don’t want your slugs to eat!
[amazon-product small=”1″]0892818379[/amazon-product]Simple and effective
It’s simple and effective. If it rains, simply re-apply. You can use it as often as you like with no ill effects, but we use it weekly or fortnightly while the seedlings are at their vulnerable stages. Once the plants are established, we stop using it.
What about you – how do you get rid of slugs in your garden?