Whilst I am a bit of an arachnaphobe I love having a healthy population of spiders in the garden. I am unfortunately catching a few in my beer traps, any ideas?
I stopped using them when I found a dead frog in one. Seemed to have tried to get at one of the slugs in there and fell in.
Oh dear! I have been emptying htem in the morning which helps, but I can't get there as soon as it's light.
There seems to be no easy answer, I don't want to stop growing beans!
I saw something last night on a gardening program saying beer traps weren't that affect. They suggested spraying the plants with a garlic solution. They boiled a few garlic bulbs in a pan to make a concentrate and then diluted and sprayed on the plants. Apparently slugs and snails don't like the taste.
Not sure of the exact quantity of garlic etc - but maybe worth looking into rather than beer traps. I'm definitely going to try it !
It works here too. As well as lambs wool pellets for mulching in Spring (when shoots are at the greatest risk)
I tried the garlic spray one year. 2012 it was. It rained every single day which kept washing it all away so I cannot testify for its effectiveness as the year after I just went straight to pellets.