This instructable tells how to get snails drunk and out of your garden.
The snail season hits again... I watch my hard grown seedlings get obliterated over night....
Ok so I make life hard for my self by refusing to given in and use the various pellet poisons on the market... I figure its good enough to kills snails who knows how many extra arms I'll grow in a life time of that stuff.
So I had heard that snails ( Gastropods to be precise) love a good tipple of beer, can't understand why my self... so I built some Gastro ale houses around the garden and to my amazement they came in droves, we made a "killing," punters or should I say gastros shelled and unshelled slid in from miles around... And as i slept, the party raged on hour after hour until they all slipped in to oblivion..
Man you should have seen the ducks when breakfast was served the next morning ... ( see video)
Step 1: Mk2 version has arrived
Mk2 - take the milk bottle required in mk1, quater fill with beer, and fishing weights - and lay it in a small impression in the ground on it side... hey presto the snails will climb in...
1.) The MK 1 - outdoor - and that is the one you see in all the pictures.
What you will need;
1 two litre Plastic Milk bottle complete with cap( see image 1) ( New Zealand - or any other similar shape) OR 420g tin can - see end of this instructable
A cutting device - either scissors, or hand saw depending on the thickness of the plastic
Beer ( best brought in stubbies so you don't leave a bottle halve full)
hole in the ground
Snails from miles around
2.) ** NEW** Mk 2version , suitable for sheltered spots particluary on a deck Trap.
( commonly known as the " keep it simple stupid version, why i didnt think of this at the start version...)
All you need;
1x 1 liter plastic milk bottle ( here in NZ that means at least three sides are flat)
Fishing weight - that will fit through the opening