The Slug Shield Copper Snail and Slug Repellent

by Genevieve on April 15, 2011

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***Giveaway below! Comment to win one of SIX sets of slug shields!*** EDIT: Winners have been chosen and contacted. Thanks everyone for entering!

I’ve written before about how nasty the usual snail and slug baits are. In fact, here in California, metaldehyde snail bait is the #1 poisoning agent of dogs. Hmmm…. Fido or slug-free plants? Not a hard choice. Luckily, there are a lot of excellent organic options available, and the Slug Shield is one of them.

You’ve probably heard that copper repels snails and slugs, and you’ve probably also read that snails and slugs don’t like to glide across scratchy surfaces. The Slug Shield works by combining both of those actions into one control.

It’s basically a scratchy, tangled mass of copper that you wrap around the stems of plants to prevent snails and slugs from crawling up. It works on anything where you can totally encircle the base of the plant with it, and on plants where you can keep the plant’s foliage from hitting the ground.

It’s even purported to work on lettuces and cabbages, which is awesome, because I just dug up a delicious lettuce the other day only to find the center of it overrun with slugs. Um, yeah – the chickens got to eat my lovely buttercrunch lettuce after that. You just wrap the slug shield around the bottom of the head, touching the soil, and as long as no leaves flop to the ground and form a leafy bridge for the snails and slugs to travel safely onto the plant, you’re good! No bait needed, even the organic kind.

Now, obviously this doesn’t work on every type of plant. My artichokes, for example, seem like a good candidate but have a terrible habit of flopping onto the ground every time a breeze ruffles them. But I think dahlias, citrus, lettuce, peas, chard, cabbage – even hostas would be good bets to try it on.

Mackerel showing off his Slug Shield

(Despite Mackerel’s obvious enjoyment of his Slug Shield, I’m not sure they should be used as kitty toys!)

If you have a thicker-stemmed plant, you can tie multiple slug shields together to make a longer wrap. They do expand with plant growth, so they won’t hurt your plants as they grow. You can even put a slug shield around the bases of freestanding trellises, for vines or climbing veggies that are disturbed by snails and slugs.

Want to try the Slug Shield for yourself? They’ve donated a whopping SIX sets of Slug Shields for you guys to win. Just leave a comment below, and I’ll hold a random drawing in one week. EDIT: Congrats to the six winners! I’ve sent you each an email.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Deanna Beeler April 15, 2011 at 5:44 am

I’ve tried 1.25″ copper strips, and they don’t work. How much do these copper tangles cost?


Sarah S. April 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

They’ve been destroying by cucumbers. They do this every year and I fight them at night with my flashlight and a toothpick. I’d love a less intensive way to control them.


Lynda April 15, 2011 at 6:57 am

I would like to try these on my hostas, slugs love them way too much.


patricia April 15, 2011 at 7:49 am

Living in the shade of these oak trees, I fight them all the time. Willng to try anything!!!!!


Loree / danger garden April 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

We are having a record cold and wet spring here in Portland…which means the slugs are having a hay-day. I swear they are everywhere. I would love to win these!


Karen April 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh, funny–I just posted to say that the damage here (St. Johns) hasn’t been too bad! But maybe I just haven’t seen the gnawed holes yet? My hostas are just starting to poke up through the ground.


Karen April 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

Knock on wood, the slug damage here in Portland hasn’t been too bad yet. I’m sort of amazed, since we’ve had a grey & rainy spring, and there’s a lot more lined up to come. Maybe the slugs are as depressed as everyone else, and staying in bed.

Or maybe I’ll go out there this weekend and find the pea sprouts stripped to nothing…

Thanks for the chance to win some slug deterrent!


trisha April 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

i have yet to try the copper around my plants but i have longed to do so – especially here in the pacific NW were it is a slug party!
i just use the beer traps that gets them every time!


Melissa April 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

That sounds like an awesome idea.


Germaine Jenkins April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

The slug wraps would be great. This year’s sweet bell peppers are growing so well (in a self watering pot) this year. I’d love to finally taste one.


Betsy Bradford April 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Slugs love the hot humid summers of Virginia. What a pleasure it would be to have holeless hasta leaves alll summer.


Michelle April 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

Banned the possums from under our deck, now we have snails & slugs! Would love to win these.


ejb April 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Was doing some research on Slug Shield and found your site. Lots of great information.
Thank you.


Julia April 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

I was just looking at some slug/snail damage in my garden. Ugh! These look promising!


beachcomber April 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’d love to give these a try. I actually contacted the company about a local outlet when you posted your initial comment about them. I use copper tape on many of my pots but some things don’t go in pots so I’m intrigued with this concept.


Jennifer Petritz April 19, 2011 at 6:57 am

would love to try these on my lettuce and chard!


Jackie DiGiovanni April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

The slugs enjoy my hostas as much as I do. The ground is covered with crushed egg shells, but that doesn’t deter them. I would love to have these Slug Shield Copper Snail and Slug Repellent rings to totally mess with their little heads.


Lindsey April 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Would love to try this!


thepricklypinecone April 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh how I would love to try these for our brussel sprouts. We lost every single plant to slugs last year:(


Bencage September 27, 2011 at 12:58 am

Thank you so much. I really appreciate this site! My cats’ outdoor food bowl has become the home of dusins of slugs..


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