snail control


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Old 03-21-05, 02:20 PM
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snail control

Anybody have suggestions on controlling the snail problem i'm having?. There are hundreds of snails in my garden and it difficult to walk around.
I like to if there is a effective solution without harming the garden.

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Old 03-21-05, 02:51 PM
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you can buy slug baits at garden centers, or lightly spread table salt around.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 09:56 AM
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Baits are your best bet. The older baits contain metaldehyde in a bran-based attractant. Metaldehyde is effective but highly toxic to other wildlife and especially pets. Many dogs have been poisoned by metaldehyde-based slug/snail baits. Newer bait products contain iron phosphate as the toxicant. These are non-toxic to wildlife and pets and very effective. Product names are Sluggo and Escargo, perhaps others. Look for iron phosphate as an ingredient. Always follow package instructions! Good luck.
 
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Old 03-29-05, 07:31 AM
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There are some non-chemical snail and slug controls. Snails and slugs love a damp environment. One of the best controls is to alter your watering schedule so that watering is done earlier in the day and the garden has time to dry out before slugs and snails come out at night to forage.

Slugs and snails love beer. Put a small amount of beer in a short, wide jar buried in the soil up to its neck. Slugs will crawl in and drown. Prop up lid with stick to shelter jar so rain won't dilute beer, leaving opening for pests to enter jar. Slugs can also be trapped beneath an upside down flower pot propped up on one side with a stone or a board and hand picked for removal in the morning.

Slugs do not like salt or salty seaweed. Mulching around perimeter of garden or at base of plants with seaweed will deter slugs and snails. When seaweed dries out, it is scratchy and pests will not cross barrier.

Another scratchy barrier, which is available at garden centers, is Diatomaceous Earth. Scratchy materials lacerate the soft bodies and causes them to dehydrate. Diatomaceous Earth is powdered material consisting of the sharp, jagged skeletal remains of microscopic creatures. It is best used during dry weather as it tends not to be effective when wet.

Another scratchy option is lava rocks. A raised barrier of scratchy lava rocks around the perimeter of gardens tends to keep out slugs and snails.

The best time to inspect your garden for slugs and snails is at night with a flashlight. You can take along a container and hand pick snails and slugs for disposal. Or, you can take along the salt shaker and sprinkle them with salt. Don't overdo it with salt as large quantities of salt around base of plants can have ill effects on them. Another option is to mix a solution of 70-80% household ammonia with water in a spray bottle and spray the slugs you see at night. Ammonia will not harm plants, but it will knock snails and slugs dead in a couple of seconds.
 
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Spring time is or has arrived in many parts of the county. Planting and growing time is now upon us. So is the maintenance of our lawns, gardens and flower beds.

From deep within the archives, this thread has been Exhumed and Resurrected for your knowledge base and learning methods...

 
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Spring time is or has arrived in many parts of the county. Planting and growing time is now upon us. So is the maintenance of our lawns, gardens and flower beds.

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Snails and Slugs eating away your vegetable and or flower garden?...

Try this trick....

Spread a line of Salt around the entire perimeter of the flower bed and or vegetable garden. Not around the base of the flowers or vegetable plants...:NO NO NO:

The intent is two fold.

Keep snails and slugs out and not dissolve the salt when watering.

Snails and or slugs usually but not always will not cross over a line of salt. Those that do it's "Lights Out."... Salt will dehydrate them and leave behind only the shells of snails and the sludge of slugs.

One very successful method I found was to dig a shallow half inch deep and about two inch wide MOAT around the entire garden or flower bed. About six to twelve inches from the base of the flowers or veggies.

Then lay the continuous line of regular cooking salt into the MOAT. Intent is to entice the snails and/or slugs to proceed down wards until they encounter the salt. Neither snails nor slugs backs up... therefore it's a ONE way trip down into doomsday assured death!!!!....

 
 

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