Snails - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
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Question by sandrahanche
May 17, 2001
I have a lot of Ivories out on my patio, and every day I have to keep knocking snails off of them. I need to know what can be done for the snails. They seem to be feeding on them. My next question is how can I make them start growing again. Thank You.
Sandra Hanchett

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2001
You can try to deter them by putting a barrier around your plants. Copper strips are expensive, but effective. You can also use crushed egg shells or diatomaceous earth around the stems of your plants. If you can sprinkle dry soil around the stems, that will deter them, too. Another way to lower the population is to go out at night with a flashlight and harvest any snails you see. If you eliminate hiding places in your garden, they may go elsewhere to feast. Remove any plant debris that might provide moisture and shade for the critters. You can set up a trap by inverting a terra-cotta flower pot in your garden, propping it up with a stone so the snails will crawl under and into it. In the morning, remove the collection of snails that you find hiding in the trap. Once you eliminate the critters your plants can recover and begin to grow again.

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