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#1 Old 07-09-2015, 07:51 PM
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Snails! A problem.

My garden is being taken over by snails! They are eating everything but the lemongrass! What are my options? Are there viable alternatives to snail pellets?
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#2 Old 07-09-2015, 09:09 PM
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I live in the suburbs of Southern California, where snail populations are kept in check by natural predators: opossums and skunks. You can welcome the nocturnal opossums and skunks into your yard by keeping your dog indoors at night.



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No outside dogs, and there is a possum that frequents the garden from time to time. There are outdoor cats that roam the area. Skunks are rare.
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Hmm.. I wonder if there is something that will discourage them without killing them.

Now I've got to go searching.
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http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.co...l-control.html . Some of the snail-control methods listed on that website are nearly harmless to the snails.

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I had a look at the list. I see the following as friendly options; sawdust barrier, relocating snails, that red nitrogen fixing flower, sacrificial lettuce. DE and iron phosphate are 'organic' but inevitably lead to snail harm.

Harming the slugs is not an option for me, and I do want them to stop eating my food.

I do have a nearby compost pile, this is an attraction for them I'm sure.
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I hate to say this but I take them from my allotment to the park and put them down. Do I care if they go to someone else's garden or plot? Fraid not!
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I've heard that if you put flat boards down on the ground, slugs will hide under it before daybreak. I don't know if this would work for snails. Most sources recommend just killing them when you find them the next day- but you could just relocate them someplace else, and since they're so slow-moving, you probably wouldn't have to take them far at all.

Any nearby spot with moisture and vegetation would probably do, but if you want to be sure they won't starve, I suppose you could find out what they like to eat (besides your vegetables) first. I don't know off-hand.

ETA: David3 mentioned predators of snails. I read someplace that firefly larvae prey on them too, but this wouldn't be a non-lethal control, assuming there's a way to attract lightning beetles.
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I've heard that if you put flat boards down on the ground, slugs will hide under it before daybreak. I don't know if this would work for snails. Most sources recommend just killing them when you find them the next day- but you could just relocate them someplace else, and since they're so slow-moving, you probably wouldn't have to take them far at all.

Any nearby spot with moisture and vegetation would probably do, but if you want to be sure they won't starve, I suppose you could find out what they like to eat (besides your vegetables) first. I don't know off-hand.

ETA: David3 mentioned predators of snails. I read someplace that firefly larvae prey on them too, but this wouldn't be a non-lethal control, assuming there's a way to attract lightning beetles.
My mom had a big vegetable garden, and she would put 2x4s out at dusk if she saw snails around. (She would hose the boards down if they were dry.) In the morning, she would take the boards (or send one of us kids) to the woods outside the yard. She said to put the snails in the shade near a bunch of leaves. An omni, but very sweet, my mom.
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I'd consider a birdfeeder as a potential solution, however the birds would likely fall prey to the outdoor cats especially if on ground to eat slugs.

Lightning bugs don't live out here, I'm not even sure where I'd find some to relocate.

A frog pond would be sure to fill with tadpoles, but mosquitoe appearances aren't worth the potential benefit.

Relocating the snails seems to be the most practical option at this point, tedious as it may sound.
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Beanspud, if you could do the frog pond, just add guppies to the water. They eat the mosquito larvae. We have 4 such ponds on our property (for the frogs) and we have never had a mosquito problem.
Guppies are even nicknamed 'Mosquito eating fish'

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My mother used salt to protect her vegetables from slugs and snails. It was pretty effective unless it was raining. She has a couple of chickens now so the problem is forgotten.
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#13 Old 06-28-2017, 11:02 AM
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Quick action on getting rid of slugs and snails.

A beer trap that’ll drown the snails.
Grow companion plants that deter slugs. ( Really works well)

Build natural hiding place traps around the backyard.

It always works for insects and bugs, so this for too, vinegar spray on them

Attract beneficial insects like ground beetles.

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth near high-traffic pest areas.
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#14 Old 03-26-2018, 11:48 PM
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Snails and slugs love gardens and are excellent hiders. Get used to picking them off your plants now. There are many ways you can try to get rid of them. Composting is a fantastic way to keep your growing garden healthy. This will help your garden not to attract any pest or insects around.
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#15 Old 06-01-2018, 11:41 PM
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Facing snails and slugs infestation is a headache for the gardener. And if they are in large number, they need to react fast! A gardener may try few things to manage to keep them under control.

1. Barrier

You may use barrier around plants. Make sure to put down many of them without any gaps.

2. Traps

Using beer traps are very effective in dealing with both snails and slugs.

3. Predators:

For biological control, use nematodes- microscopic parasites that kill the slugs. You may also adopt some chickens or ducks as they love eating slugs.

After trying all these methods, if the problem still exists, its time you consult the Roseville pest control professionals as they have the right knowledge and equipment to get rid of the pests without affecting your garden.
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