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As the topic suggests, I'm fighting a losing battle with the resident snails at my place. I can squash 20 and come back the next day and there's more!

Are there any tried and true methods for snail control? Beer in a jar? garlic and chilli?

What have you found actually works most of the time? :think:


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Chooks or Ducks. But they will eat all of your produce.

Any frogs around you can attract?

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Frogs, bobtail lizards and snakes are natural predators. Hence we don't have snails where we live, how amazing is that?
There are iron based pellets that I have occasionally used in desperation and my trout and silver perch lived to tell the tale, temporarily anyway.(Many were harvested the other day) They are great for dealing with slaters too. They can change the colour of the water unfortunately. I tried to order them to sell here but the order took way too long, and so I cancelled. For sale as Multiguard.

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I've started by plucking off all the ones I could see (I would go out in the evenings) to try to reduce the immediate problem. I also have started spreading Multiguard around the base of my AP system, not in the growbeds themselves. My theory is that any new snails coming in, would get to the pellets first (before they got to the growbeds).

So far it seems to be working....

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Find where they live during the day , wont be too far away and hunt them , we had a bit of rain last night and i picked up heaps this morning around the dirt garden, when its damp they will travel a lot further , they really like our camellia bush they dont eat it but they like the heavy waxy leaves to park on .
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New find for me when trying to stop ants in the greenhouse system is petroleum jelly smeared around the dge of the beds. Ants want cross it , and I tried it on a wicking blue barrel bed that was being ravaged by slugs and snails , and so far so good
Beer traps work too for slugs, snails and earwigs Seems we all like it :D

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Sprinkle salt over your GB media. :dontknow:

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My grandad used to collect snails in a tin can and then pour salt over them That was more than 40 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday but if more people had done it all those years ago we wouldn't have so many snails around today.

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Has anyone tried the copper wire. I reckon if you wrapped a copper strip around your growbed you would never get another snail :thumbright:


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I find the best is to have your veggie garden in the middle of the chook run so its surrounded by chooks. Only VERY brave or stupid snails attempt the trek to the garden.

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I sometimes use petroleum jelly and ramp it up by mixing in (Vicks vapour rub)(Nothing will challenge Vicks) in the dirt garden when the millepedes and earwigs first hatch , i use short pieces of 90mm stormwater pipe smeared with this mix to protect young seedlings so you could certainly adapt the use in AP .
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Thanks for all the suggestions!!

Multiguard certainly sounds like it might be worth a go. I put some beer traps in overnight and caught a couple of slugs.. I plan on getting some chooks in asap, so I'll just have the figure out how to incorporate a run for them into my existing AP setup :)

I really need to start a system thread! So much to do!

Thanks everyone :wave:


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Just be careful because the chooks will jump up onto the beds and pull out your seedlings.
I have had to put up trellis around the beds to stop them getting up there.
They do help with the slugs though :D


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multiguard with the EDTA iron complex is safe for pets and kids and breaks down into iron supplement for your plants.

i've used it for years and it is very effective against snails and slugs. i apply it after it rains in the evening a couple of times during snail season and a week later there is nothing but empty shells.

beer traps and the like are useless. they catch a couple of snails and that's it. most snails escape it easily.

coffee grinds also don't do much.

one item i haven't tried is the copper strips you can put around the beds. i'm dubious about them though, copper needs to be in a form the snail can absorb for it to kill them, and copper strips aren't it.


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timmy wrote:
copper needs to be in a form the snail can absorb for it to kill them.



Ive been using copper strips for a couple of weeks now and it does work but its not about killing them its about making a barrier that they wont cross , so fencing your GBs off .

Have a look here .

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12449


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