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Identifying and Dealing with Problem Insects

Many gardeners play detective -- trying to figure out what's chewing holes or causing yellow or brown spots on favorite plants. Here are some clues to help solve this garden mystery, as well as tips for dealing with pest problems.

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snails and slugs are attracted to beer
Photo 4 of 6Slugs can't resist beer. Pour a bottle of beer into a pie dish and leave in your garden overnight.

Tips for Controlling Slugs and Snails (4 of 6)

Remove excess moisture.
Snails and slugs are attracted to the yeasty odor of beer. Put out a shallow dish of beer overnight. Slugs will crawl into it and drown.
Consider "slug-resistant" plants. Some popular backyard plants that are resistant to snails and slugs include Begonias, Fuchsias, Geraniums, Impatiens and nasturtiums.
Try using copper tape (available from nurseries and garden centers) to protect trees and plants from slugs and snails.

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