How To Make A Mini Electric Fence To Keep Slugs Out Of Your Garden Beds

June 14, 2017

A guy made a miniature electric fence to stop the slugs/snails from eating his plants -- and it doesn't kill or injure them.

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Using galvanized coated garden wire (1.6 mm) and a 9 volt battery, which isn't strong enough to kill them, he successfully keeps the slimy leaf-munchers from entering his garden beds.

slug electric fence DIY
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Here's how he did it:

Run the wire around the bed, using staples to keep the it in place.

slug electric fence DIY
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Make a loop on one end to connect the wire.

slug electric fence DIY
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Then run a second wire around the garden bed, making sure the two wires DO NOT TOUCH.

slug electric fence DIY
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He drilled two small holes into a watertight container.

slug electric fence DIY
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You can just tape the ends of the wire to a 9-volt battery.

slug electric fence DIY
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If you want to get fancy you can solder a 9-volt connector to the ends.

slug electric fence DIY
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Put the battery in the container and connect the wires.

slug electric fence DIY
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He also taped the battery to the lid, just in case water did get in the box, the battery will not sit in any rain water.

slug electric fence DIY
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All done!

slug electric fence DIY
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slug electric fence DIY
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He even recorded a short video of a snail attempting to get in.

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