Tips on Getting Rid of Snails from Your Garden

Posted on 28 March 2011

Snails are common garden pest. Deterring the snails from eating your plants requires only a few simple steps and can be accomplished without using chemicals.  Snails have both the male and female reproductive systems so they can reproduce without a mate. The flexible body of the snails allows it to stretch 20 times of their normal length and obtain food from narrow openings. Slugs can lay their eggs on almost any place in the soil with moisture. The snail eggs can remain in the ground for years but hatch only when the condition is right. The eggs of the snails are white in colors and have oval shape. The snails usually lay their eggs in two sets with each set have 12 eggs. In the winter, the adult snail will bury themselves in the winter and remain in the ground until the spring.

In order to eliminate snails, you must frequently clean the garden. Decaying matters on the garden beds such as dead leaves should be cleared away. If there are weeds on the ground, you should pull them off and dispose them.
Cultivation of the soil will prevent the hibernation of slugs. Cultivating the ground will also help to remove the eggs. You can remove the slugs by plucking them up with your hands. For hygiene purposes, you should wear a glove to protect your hand. If you don’t want to remove the slugs by hand, you can use other tools such as chopsticks. If there is slime on your hand, you can wash your hand with the cheap white vinegar. To kill the snails, you can soak them in soapy water.

Yeast trap helps to trap the snails in hard to reach garden beds. To create a yeast trap, you can bury a shallow jar into the ground but make sure the soil does not cover the opening. After that, you should fill the jar with a yeast liquid up to 0.5 inch from the top.  The liquid can be made by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar to the water. When the snails smell the drink, it will fall in and drown. You can also use commercial baits to attract the snails. Commercial baits can be purchased at a garden store.

If you find any snail, you can sprinkle salts on them. Once the salt gets the snails, they will start to melt instantly. You can also sprinkle snail irritants such as cedar bark, sand, egg shells and sawdust around the plants to control the snails in your garden.

Snails like to eat green vegetable such as lettuce and cabbages.  To attract the snails, you can cook the lettuce leaves until soft and then pour lard over them. The cooked lettuce leaves should be place in prone areas. You will notice the snails swarming to the leaves within a few hours. Once the snails have gathered on the leaves, you can kill them once and for all.
In addition, you can rear the predators of snails in the garden to get rid of them. Examples of the predators of snails include lizards, turtles, carabid beetles and salamanders.

2 Responses to “Tips on Getting Rid of Snails from Your Garden”

  1. Lori R says:

    For the person suggesting “Leave the poor snails alone; do not kill any living creatures”…do YOU garden? Have you tried your hardest to take a small patch of land to grow your own organic veggies and fruits? Do you KNOW what it feels like to wake on a summer morning and see your precious strawberries totally ridden with snail “nibbles” and slimed with a gross-tasting film sometimes unseen but DEFINITELY not unTASTED? YUCK!!! Snails, when prolific, can wipe out a garden in no time. When I lived in the country, mallard ducks were allowed to roam the rows and ate slugs and snails with gusto. Once I moved and could not keep fowl there, I searched for an iron compound that was non-toxic to humans and pets. Snails are not loved by gardeners, and possibly only loved by others than yourself at French restaurants. Bon Appetit!

  2. Jaye says:

    How would you go about getting rid of Snail Eggs? I found some in the soil of my Sunflower pot! I don’t want my sunflower getting ruined as its 7″4 and still hasn’t fully flowered! I’ve come this far and don’t want it to fail due to the soon to be snails. How can i get rid of them?!

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