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Learn how to control slimy snailsHow To Control Snails and Slugs

 

They’re icky. They’re slimy. They’re snails! Snails can become an annoying pest around the home and garden. You probably first notice them from the slimy trail they leave behind as they are slithering around. While they are relatively harmless to humans, they can do a considerable amount of damage to garden plants and can leave behind an unsightly mess from the slime residue they leave behind everywhere they go. Thankfully, snails and slugs are quite easy to control with the right DIY approach and the proper control products. Here we will share with you a little information about the common snail to help you understand how they function and how you can best tackle them on your property.

 

Snail Background Information

Snails (Gastropoda) and Slugs aren’t actually insects. In fact they are mollusks, much like clams and oysters. There are thousands of species of snails which exist and different species are able to thrive in different conditions, like the sea snail and freshwater snail.

 

Snails are an interesting creature because they are hermaphrodites (have both male and female sex organs). They can actually mate with themselves and can populate an area with just 1 of them to start. Other distinguishing traits that they have are a hard shell which they use as a shelter to crawl into. Gastropods which don’t have a shell are called Slugs. They also have eyes on the end of their stalks and are also known by their calling card: sticky and slimy mucus trails they leave behind whenever they move. This mucus is significant to them as it enables snails to crawl over rough surfaces, and can keep their soft bodies from drying out

 

Snails do most of their damage at night because they are nocturnal. They are drawn to moisture so they can usually be found in damp, cool areas at night. In the daytime, snails go into hiding, usually under rocks, stones or any shady area. They are big plant eaters and chew large, ragged holes in leaves. Snails also eat seedlings, and garden vegetation such as strawberries, lettuce, and cabbage.

 

Though they are slow-moving, snails can scale long distances especially in the night time in their search for food. They also breed most heavily in the spring and fall seasons. Garden owners usually have difficulty finding snails because of their nocturnal activity.

 

Snail Prevention Tips

The best way to get rid of snails or slugs in and around your home is to make your home unappealing to snails to begin with. Here are a few preventative measures we recommend you implement to keep your garden snail-free:

  • Since snails thrive on moisture and shady areas, reducing both of these things will create an environment that is unwelcoming to snails.  Make sure not to over-mulch your garden as that can create extra moisture. Your mulch should be spread evenly and the layer should be at least three inches.

  • Dispose of any plant matter that is scattered on your property – this includes weed piles, dead plants, and tree leaves. Excessive plant matter provides not only an abundance of food for snails, but also shelter.

  • If you have a small infestation, the easiest way to get rid of snails from your property is hand picking them. While this may be tougher during the day since snails will be in hiding, you will have better luck at night. Grab a flashlight after dark and head out to your garden to catch them in the act. Place them in buckets of soapy water to kill them.



Solutions Recommended Products for Snail Control

If your snail or slug problem is pretty significant, then handpicking won’t do. This is when you have to break out the big guns. The best ways to get rid of a snail infestation is via baiting or repellent, which we have a number of options for you to choose from.

 

Perhaps the best product we carry specifically for snails is Deadline Force II Slug and Snail Killer.  This is a snail attractant which you can place around your garden and create a barrier to lure snails in to take the poison, which will then keep them away.

 

A few other solid options are granular baits like Ficam Insect Bait and Niban Granular Bait. Scatter some bait around your lawn and garden area, especially after watering or rainfall as this is typically when snails become the most active. These baits will attract the snails and eliminate them through dehydration.

 

Feel free to browse our snail control products below. Eliminating snails is rather simple but if you have any questions regarding control methods or any of the products below, you can chat with us anytime or give us a call.

 

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