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Name: Karen
Fremont, CA (Zone 8b)
Purpleperennials
Feb 20, 2018 1:05 AM CST
How can I get rid of a snail infestation in a large morning glory vine (2 vines actually on one arch)? The vines are too large with too many leaves to search through and find the snails to pluck them off, so please don't recommend that method.

Last year I used pellets but it got moldy and I had to dig it off the soil.

I want something natural that won't harm pets or people...non-toxic (not pesticides).

I saw copper tape suggested but I don't think I hat will take care of the ones that are already up inside the vines, eating away happily.
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BigBill
Feb 20, 2018 6:28 AM CST
I am confused as to just what miracle do you think you are going to find.
Pellets work extremely well and they are easy to use. Perhaps you used too many?
Copper tape was suggested and you don't care for that either.
If you used pellets in combination with picking the critters off the plant after dark, that might be easy. Trays of beer around the base of the vines might help.
But now you want a remedy that is non toxic. How about spreading human hair around the base of the vines? Snails do not like to crawl through it.
Are you sure that the snails have penetrated the vines and are "happily eating away"? That sounds a little much. I would appreciate seeing a photo of snails that bore into those vines.
Seems to me that pellets and night time picking and disposal are your best bet.
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Feb 20, 2018 9:53 AM CST

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Once they are in the plants, luring them back down for any bait may not work. Hand picking is still the best to get it under control initially.
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Bonehead
Feb 20, 2018 10:03 AM CST
I've never heard of or tried seaweed, which is easy for me to obtain. Putting on my list.
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2018 10:50 AM CST
Potatoes cut in half and laid on the soil face down attract snails and slugs in pots in greenhouses and in terrariums but I've never tried it large scale. You still have to retrieve the slugs and snails from the potato halves.
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Feb 20, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Purpleperennials said:How can I get rid of a snail infestation in a large morning glory vine (2 vines actually on one arch)? The vines are too large with too many leaves to search through and find the snails to pluck them off, so please don't recommend that method.

Last year I used pellets but it got moldy and I had to dig it off the soil.

I want something natural that won't harm pets or people...non-toxic (not pesticides).

I saw copper tape suggested but I don't think I hat will take care of the ones that are already up inside the vines, eating away happily.


If you don't want to remove every snail by hand, don't want to use pellets, don't want to use pesticides and don't think the copper tape will work, the problem is probably with your expectations (and what you're willing to do) rather than with the snails themselves. That sounds much bitchier than I mean it but I take responsibility for it and hope you understand what I mean. Gardening is a back-and-forth of this-and-that. You're not going to find a miracle that suddenly POOF removes snails once and for all short of systemic and synthetic pesticides targeted specifically toward snails.
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fwmosher
Feb 20, 2018 11:09 AM CST
You have two problems as I understand it: One, the slugs which are already on the plants, and secondly, the slugs which will climb up each evening unto your plants. Dealing with the second problem first, (cause it is the easiest) LOL. merely spread 4 or 5 " of any fine aggregate such as sand (any kind), dolomite (finely crushed shells) or crusher dust around the base. Not a single slug will crawl over it, guaranteed! (Too rough on their unprotected stomachs). Now the hardest part. I have never tried this but it may work. Firstly, you must pick off the visible snails, at least once! Then I remember the wild morning glories growing on all our beaches here. No slugs. Could be the salty-air environment. I would make up a weak water/salt solution in a spray bottle, and test a few leaves/and a flower first. If it okay the next day, I would give a good misting to as much of the plants as I can. Slugs literally "dissolve" when they run into salt. The last precaution; I am assuming that the Morning Glories are growing up a panel/trellis/pole/whatever. In that case, you should spray the back panel if there is one, with the salt solution. You can do it. Cheers!
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Xeramtheum
Feb 20, 2018 12:04 PM CST
Like Bill said, night time is when you want to get them. Just take a flashlight outside.

That said, make sure they are NOT Rosy Wolf Snails .. those are good guys and eat other snails and NOT plants!

The thread "Rosy Wolf Snail Are Good Guys!" in Pests and Diseases forum
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BigBill
Feb 20, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Oh WOW, a predatory land snail, sweet! I never knew such as creature existed but if there are whelks and drills in saltwater, stands to reason there would be pedatory land snails. Thank You! Xera
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ctcarol
Feb 20, 2018 12:46 PM CST
If you can find it, there is a spray called Snail & Slug Away by Grow Power that is supposed to be non-toxic and safe for fruits and vegetables. I got it at a nursery. Can't say if it works, or not, since it's been too dry here the last few years for them to live.

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