Ok, I know some of you guys are keen gardeners and sound like you have great veggie patches. I have recently (a couple months ago!) revived my neglected veggie patch and put in some tomatoes, beans, peas, snow peas and 2 types of parsley. The trouble is the SNAILS! They leave the tomatoes and parsley alone but have destoyed everything else! I would love to put some more in before it's too late but need a snail solution! I can't use snail pellets because I have cats and a dog (I know you can get 'pet repellent' ones - but don't trust 'em!) and have tried just picking up all the ones I can see and feeding them to the chooks but more just take their place! Aaarrggghhh! Does anyone know of a way to get rid of snails that is safe for pets, kids, etc? Have heard of a 'beer trap' - has anyone tried this? Any suggestions gratefully recieved! Cheers, Jenny
Hi Jenny, I have got onto a snail pellet called Multiguard. It really IS SAFE for kids and animals. This is the best thing since sliced bread!! lol They would need to eat alot and they would get a bit of a tummy ache. They wouldnt like the taste anyhow and wouldnt eat many. It uses Iron to kill the snails. They feel sick and crawl off and die. Plus the pellets break down and feed the plants. Here is a link to some info. www.multicrop.com.au/mguard.htm It is available widely now and costs about $4 a box. Please try it on slaters too if you have trouble. You just need to crush the pellets up a bit before you sprinkle them around. Cheers, Wendy
Thanks for that guys! Lol shea - I like that idea the best but it would mean another pen AND getting some ducks! I think OH would have kittens! Hehe! Thanks Wendy, that does look safe for pets, but I'm still a little aprehensive about it Might try the beer trap and if that doesn't work will resort to the Multiguard pellets! Now wondering if the chickens will get drunk if I feed 'em the snails caught in the beer trap Anyone know how to make a good one?!
As chikita said beer traps work well for slugs and snails, bury a jam jar up to the rim, and 3/4 fill with beer, they will flock to it. the other thing you can do is water your garden just before dark (so they all come out), then go out about 9pm with a torch and go snail hunting... doing this 3 or 4 nights in a row will really cut the population.
If your not snail hunting avoid watering in the evening, water in the morning instead. Slugs and snails are most active at night when it's damp.
I have tried beer traps but find that the beer evaporates very quickly and they are not very effective.I have ducks that patrol for snails around the garden.The only places i find snails now are the area's where the ducks can't get to.
well that does sound like a waste !!!! lol i think it looks like a duck or 2 for your yard he he just tell the hubby it is for the pest problem so you can save money by growing your own fruit and veg !!! best of luck
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