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Tx
Aug 18, 2017 11:45 PM CST
Ive seen many of these small snails in my pot which are eating the leaves and roots and my plants are dying. How do i get rid of them?
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Aug 19, 2017 2:46 AM CST
slug bait on the soil and on the ground around the perimeter of the pot will work. Pick out any you see, and you will lower the population by a lot. They are really prolific eaters, so keep after them, and you will be fine.
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Christine
Aug 19, 2017 8:26 AM CST
If it were my plant I would remove all the soil and start with new, I would also gently wash off the roots before I re-potted
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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Christine said:If it were my plant I would remove all the soil and start with new, I would also gently wash off the roots before I re-potted


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Not every plant will handle that treatment and baits may have unintended victims (children or pets). The best way to handle snails is to go out after dark and collect them. It works especially well if you have just watered.
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Tx
Aug 20, 2017 3:08 AM CST
Thanks for your replies! They seem to be in most pots that I have, so i dont think repotting is an option.

I have started removing those i can see, but there seems to be too many. Sometimes all i get is an empty shell.

Do you think adding salt to the soil is an option to kill them?

And is there anything i can do to prevent more?

Thanks!
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Aug 20, 2017 3:32 AM CST
Tx said:Thanks for your replies! They seem to be in most pots that I have, so i dont think repotting is an option.

I have started removing those i can see, but there seems to be too many. Sometimes all i get is an empty shell.

Do you think adding salt to the soil is an option to kill them?

And is there anything i can do to prevent more?

Thanks!


Well, if you are getting empty shells, they are dying.

Snails aren't below-ground pests as far as I know, (how could they be with those shells?) so I would try a salty spray on the soil for an hour and than immerse the pot in clean water an equal time.

Another thought is to aim a fan at the pots to dry them out.

Try one pot first and see how either idea works.

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