Here is a quick list on how to get rid of snails. And no, eating the snails is not an option…
1 – Broken Egg shells or Sea shells:
Snails REALLY don’t enjoy the feeling of crawling/sliming their way over this, so you can scatter these around plants that you want to protect.
2 – Beer traps:
Place jars of beer in the ground, with the top of the open jar level with the ground. The snails will crawl into the jar, and drown. Whether they’re just looking for a good time or not I’m not sure, but don’t waste your imported beer on the slimey pests.
3 – Salt – WARNING: Huge cruelty effect to plants AND snails:
Salt is a serious snail killer, making them sizzle. It’s a bit cruel, in my mind, but then, so are most of these methods. Pouring salt around infected areas will help get rid of snails, but it will also kill plants, so try not to pour it near your plants.
4 – Sandpaper:
Something easily bought online, placing your pot plants on sandpaper will help keep them safe. The snails won’t crawl over the sandpaper to get to your pots, leaving the plants snail free.
5 – Organic Pesticide:
I’ve heard that there are a few websites selling organic pesticide that is useful in getting rid of snails. I think this might be the best route to take, as Organic Pesticide is safe for your plants as well. Remember to read up about the organic pesticide first, especially if you have pets or children who love the garden.
If you have any tips yourself, please feel free to leave them in a comment…