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RolyPoly
17-01-2006, 07:49 PM
My garden is infested by snails!! Don't know what to do!
They ate up my plants and I have to look out for them every evening
where they are busy attacking my plants.

Does anyone know of a way to get rid of snails or prevention method for snails? Please share with me.

Thanks.

leewinnie46
17-01-2006, 08:23 PM
put some salt or baking soda on the body, they get "kill" after this....

you could try something like ground spice + chili powder ....sprinkle around your garden...

RolyPoly
17-01-2006, 09:01 PM
put some salt or baking soda on the body, they get "kill" after this....

you could try something like ground spice + chili powder ....sprinkle around your garden...


I have some chilli powder in the kitchen, can try it out. But chilli powder can be quite expensive if I have to sprinkle it often....esp with the current rainy season.

I don't want to kill the snail...that's being a little cruel. Can I put some rough salt on my plants to prevent snails....and yet won't overdose my plants? Anyone knows?

peace
17-01-2006, 09:25 PM
We also have been infested with snails from time to time. We have thrown handfuls of salt all around the garden and it has been very effective. Do give it a try and let us know your success.

jasonbhlee
17-01-2006, 10:44 PM
Go to any nursery and ask for anti snail pellets. Very effective. I bought a packet from Sungai Buloh and 'poof'..all gone now.

aurora97
18-01-2006, 03:15 AM
Sounds like food!

I hope you all have heard of french "Es-cargo" (sic*), sounds like RolyPolly you can start a small farm of this small little delicacy.

If you can get rid of it, kill it because its too cruel, i think the most humane thing to do is still to eat it.

mon
18-01-2006, 08:49 AM
If you can get rid of it, kill it because its too cruel, i think the most humane thing to do is still to eat it.

Aurora..not all snails are pan-worthy, only certain types are destined to be eaten. :p

"Before snails are served they need to have been deprived of food in case they have fed on plants harmful to humans. It is also advisable to eat only snails which have sealed themselves into their shells to hibernate (operculated snails)."

Roly, best bet is to use salt water. Cheap and effective.

CCY
18-01-2006, 09:03 AM
Go to any nursery and ask for anti snail pellets. Very effective. I bought a packet from Sungai Buloh and 'poof'..all gone now.

Can't recall the name of the bait right now. It's cheap ...less than rm5 per ?...and it is widely used by vegetable farmer to rid these snails n slugs that gnawed on their cultivated greens. A packet will be enough to last you a number of years.....

leewinnie46
18-01-2006, 10:49 AM
y chinese think of eating everyday.... eat snake, escargot, lizard, fry cockroaches or caterpillar...... yiak

RolyPoly
19-01-2006, 08:08 PM
Hey all, thanks! Will try with the salt first. Got a big container of sea salt which I used to make kimchi last year. Mmmm....reminds me probably it's time to do kimchi again for CNY!!! Ahem....talk about food again!! Yee....ha...will tell you kind people what happened after the salt treatment!

gtl
20-01-2006, 09:57 AM
Hey all, thanks! Will try with the salt first. Got a big container of sea salt which I used to make kimchi last year. Mmmm....reminds me probably it's time to do kimchi again for CNY!!! Ahem....talk about food again!! Yee....ha...will tell you kind people what happened after the salt treatment!

rolypoly, suggest you mix the salt (1 table spoon) into 1 bucket of water before you spray on to your plants. if you just spead salt on your plants, not only you kill the snails but also your plants.

RolyPoly
20-01-2006, 09:59 AM
Hey, thanks GTL!!

Fortunately I have been busy these few evenings watching American Idol that I haven't done my gardening. Otherwise....I would have patches of dead plants instead. Thanks a heap!

I noticed that the snails are active only at nite.

daws
20-01-2006, 10:28 AM
Hand picking: Hand pick and place in a bucket of soapy water

Trap boards: Place small, flat boards (or part of a broken ceramic pot) under plants and between garden rows. Each morning lift the boards, and scrape the stuck-on slugs/snails into a bucket of soapy water.

Terra Cotta Traps: Strategically position small terra cotta flower pots upside down in your garden. Slugs and snails will accumulate in the pots to rest in the damp shade. Once a day, overturn the pots and throw the slugs and snails into a bucket of soapy water.

Trap crops: Slugs and snails love to eat marigolds! Plant marigolds along your garden's border and hand pick slugs and dispose of them in late evening.

Beer traps: Slugs and snails are attracted to the yeasty odor of beer. To make a beer trap, cut a 2-inch hole about two-thirds up the side of an empty margarine tub or plastic yogurt container. Bury the container so the hole is just above ground. Add 2-3 inches of beer and cover with a lid. Remove dead slugs and snails daily.

Crushed eggshells: Crush eggshells and spread the rough chips around your plants. The rough eggshells will puncture slug or snails' soft covering (same principle as Diatomaceous earth, without the possible respiratory consequences). In addition, eggshells supply calcium, nitrogen, and trace minerals to your soil