Garden & Lawn Pest Control : How to Get Rid of Snails


Hi this is Yolanda from Vanveen bulbs dot
com. And in this segment we’re going to talk all about how to get rid of snails. Now, in
my gardens, slugs and snails are an issue because they’re everywhere. I don’t use any
chemicals. So I found that I have a problem with slugs and snails. But most of the time,
my problem is in the early spring to early summer. Because by the time summer hits and
we have our long, hot, dry summers, I dry out my beds really well, and they aren’t quite
the problem they were earlier. An easy way to control slugs and snails, or especially
snails, is to actually collect them physically. So, at night, they’re nocturnal, go out and
look under any logs, or any wood, or any plants or containers and you’ll certainly find some
underneath. And at that point, either put salt on them, which is kills them immediately,
or you can put them right into a bucket of water, I like to drown them. It’s an easy
way to do it. Or, actually collect them and put them in the garbage. Another easy way
is to put boiling water on them, but all of those don’t seem very humane. So, by just
collecting them and throwing them in water is an easy way to control them. Another trick
that I found, if you have a garden area where they’re a big problem, just put some salt
around your plants. They don’t like the salt. It actually will dry them out. You can also
put a layer of bark dust, I found that makes all the difference. If you have a big problem
with slugs and snails, dry out your flowerbeds. Just don’t water for about a week, and just
the plants as they start to droop, water them really well, and cut all the leaves out from
the bottom that are touching the ground. So that you dry everything out, and you’ll find
that the slugs and snails will leave. So it’s an easy way to control them. But, in the end,
I’ve learned to just deal with my slugs and snails, it’s the fall, and I had to look really
hard to find this guy, because I haven’t found many snails at all in my garden this time
of year because I’ve dried everything else out, putting things on gravel, bark dust,
and even coffee grounds. They don’t like the caffeine or other easy ways to kill snails.

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