How to Get Rid of Snails and Slugs

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Introduction: How to Get Rid of Snails and Slugs

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Snails and Slugs are probably the most devastating insect to the gardens and plants.


Killing snails and slugs with pesticides (so called molluscicide pellets) may be very effective, however it is also devastating to the wildlife, your pets, and your family. When the snails and slugs natural predators eats the contaminated snails and slugs they will too get contaminated and get very ill and sometimes die. If your curious domestic pets and young family members sees those bright blue pesticides, they are very likely to eat it and end up getting very ill. However they are some recent technology that manufactures now make snails and slugs pesticides with animal repellent in it, it repels your pets from it, but it is still damaging to the natural predators if they eat the contaminated snails and slugs.

So on this instructable, I will show you a few ways how to get rid of snails and slugs without using those dangerous snails and slugs pesticides.


Please note that I am only 15 years old and I am not very good at grammar so if you find some parts of the instructable confusing, please let me know and I will try fix it.

Step 1: Snail and Slug Removal

The most effective (and green) way of getting rid of snails and slugs is hand picking them from your garden... Yes, I know that sounds like a disgusting job to do, but it is much better than killing the wildlife with pesticides.

If you never have done snail and slug picking, be prepared for the shock of how many snails and slugs that lives in your garden (when I first started doing snail and slug picking, I was amazed how many snails and slugs that lives in my garden, there was like hundred's of them)!

Through my experience of snail and slug picking, the best ever time to pick them is a few hours after sunset after a rainstorm although some snails and slugs come out at night or in a rainstorm during the day.
The reason the snails and slugs like to come out at night is because it is cool, fewer predators, and less chance of drying out, if the snails and slugs are out in a sunny day, they would get too hot and dry out and die.

When you go snail and slug picking, put the captured victims in a bucket with some soapy water so they cannot climb out of the bucket while you are doing snail and slug picking, and put the lid on after you are finnish picking them, otherwise they will try get out of the bucket. Also if you are squeamish about the slime, wear rubber gloves or use a long-handled dandelion digger or a pair of long tweezers.

Step 2: What to Do With Your Victims.

After you collected all the snails and slugs in the bucket, you might be asking your self, "what can you do with all of them?"
Well, heres some tips...
  • You can kill them all with salt (very disgusting).
  • Keep them as pets (if you love them, my sister loves them very much).
  • Feed your animals that eats snails and slugs.
  • Or you can take them all to some very grassy or over grown places, the snails and slugs will do a good job to make the over grown places look tidier.

After the snails and slugs stayed in the bucket for a few hours, I found some eggs!!! I don't know who laid them, probably a slug, anyway this is my first time seeing some eggs laid by who ever laid the eggs!
I am sure GorillazMiko will want the eggs! Just kidding!

Also the eggs are very bouncy, I accidentally drop one on my desk and it went bouncing around on my desk like a bouncy ball!

Those two more options are n8man's ideas, so credits to n8man.
  • Drop them off in your worst neighbor's (enemy's) back yard.
  • Sell the snails (no slugs) to a french restaurant (not all of the french restaurants will accept the snails, but some will).
Now you might be asking your self, "why in the earth would the french restaurants would want the snails?" (It is quite disgusting, if you really want to know, read on.) Well it is because the french people eats the snails.

Step 3: Snail and Slug Barrier

If you don't want to go snail and slug picking because you find them too disgusting or lazy, how are you going to protect your plants from snails and slugs?

Well, you can make a snail and slug barrier with...
  • Waste vegetation, the snails and slugs are likely to eat this instead of your valuable plants.
  • Spiky things like crushed egg shell, sweetgum tree's spiky ball seed, it makes the snails and slug's traveling very uncomfortable.
  • Wood ash from fireplace or bonfires, it makes the snails and slug's traveling very uncomfortable.
  • Pure cool soot, it makes the snails and slug's traveling very uncomfortable.
  • sawdust, it makes the snails and slug's traveling very uncomfortable.

You can use any one of those options as a snail and slug barrier.
To make the barrier, you put a small mound of the stuff around your plants that is constantly eaten by snails and slugs.

Step 4: Snails and Slug's Deadly Predator...

Okay, if you cannot do any of those things in the previous steps, heres one more thing you should be able do... Buy the Decollate snails, put them in your garden, and watch the mother nature do the work...

The Decollate snails are probably the best way to control snails and slugs.
The Decollate snail will hunt, kill, and eat snails and slugs, they will also eat the baby snails and slugs and their eggs, if the Decollate snail cannot find any snails or slugs to eat, they will eat dead plant matter and sometimes eat live plant matter, but not much...
The Decollate snail are perfectly harmless and nontoxic so they are safe to put in your garden were your young ones and your pets play in.

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    why would anyone want to pick out slugs while there are so many methods .I have used the slug repelling plants method and it has worked for me .All you need to do is plant them within your garden or wrap them around your plants stems using strings and your issue with slugs will be history .
    That could be a secondary and permanent measure but you can also use seaweed ,vinegar spray,citrus peels,Epsom salt ,cat/dog hair,petroleum jelly .The list is at most endless .But the best method would he the permanent methods.
    Also make sure you water the soil and not the leaves of your plants ,wet leaves attract slugs .

    You know that you don't need to feed them, they eat your plants. That is why they are still in your garden and that they are alive and well.

    While baby carrots and lettuce will work, their favorite food is a cucumber. Also, they need calcium, so you would have to get them a cuttle bone from the pet store to nibble on.

    Thank you! I could use that info on my own snails. Sometimes i dont finish my lunch in school so ill feed them my veggies

    That does sound gross but, this might be an easy way to help our class get rid of the snail problem in our garden at school.

    A frugal way to beat these slimy destructive pesks is to apply cheap table salt and sprinkle it lightly about 3 feet away from plants, flowers or veggies to form a protected barrier. The slug or snail will motor over the salt and its crystals will stick to its under belly and erode it like acid into a gooey lumpy glob. Reapply salt after rainy periods or watering lawns it is much better than slug baits and pelts that could be harmful to pets, and curious little children and maybe the environment. Salt is cheap to buy, try it and happy gardening.

    Kerwin Maude

    Why would you get rid of snails and slugs when you can easily keep them as a pet! I have two pet snails and they are adorable! Instead of throwing out dead leaves and dead grass, just feed it to your snails. Its a great pet if your under a budget because you get the food easily in your backyard. It might not be as easy in winter though. You shouldnt have to feed them very often though because i went two months without feeding them and their fine. They find food in soil i guess. But they LOVE rotten leaves and can probably even eat rotten food like an orange peel or banana peel! Please consider it if your reading this! Thanks!!!!

    Sandpaper accomplishes the same things as eggshells...snails and slugs don't like the rough surface. You can also use sandpaper to speed up the germination process in some of your plants by running fine grit sandpaper over the hard shell seeds. So it serves another purpose :) You can read more about it here: http://www.monomachines.com/shop/diy-tools#sandpaper

    Isaw one on there earlier thinking awe its hiding under the leaf from the rain and i left it there unsure that it was sucking holes in my leaves i thaught it was aphids but now i know its the snails. I wanna grow a special green garden for just snails lol

    Isaw one on there earlier thinking awe its hiding under the leaf from the rain and i left it there unsure that it was sucking holes in my leaves i thaught it was aphids but now i know its the snails. I wanna grow a special green garden for just snails lol

    My lettuce is attracting snails

    Thanks for sharing this instrucable.
    I don't know about the slugs. As for the snails, here is - trust me - a delicious way of getting rid of them:

    http://receitasbemboas.blogs.sapo.pt/12014.html

    (Just run the url on Google Translactor)

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    EWWW....a RECIPE...hahaha...not sure what I expected!! :-) uh...no. just no.

    Picking and smashing best. But I live near the lake,so there are thousands more next day. The Wildlife here ate my cat,so I really don't care if they get a poison snail.

    This year I planted the herbs in pots(it's cute that way anyhow). I will buy some hard plastic plant trays Or see if melamine plates or other plates fit, Then fill them with diatomaceous earth,see if that helps. You can get a large sack of DT at Tractor supply for around $10. I also spread sulphur before a rain,helps with mites and ticks and SNAKES (we have rattlers!) I start that up at our foundation and make crop circles around the house and pour a little extra up by the road,where I think the rattlers trail from their Den is. I have slab foundation and have never seen slugs or snails around it or inside house,so the sulphur might be good,probably a dust would be more effective,since they crawl into it,but pellets last longer.

    Here, the rattlers are not agressive snakes,but they also don't rattle when you are near. You could step on one or put your apendage too near when you don''t see them. My Golden retreiver got bit in the throat in our backyard. He made it through,but we didn't find the snake, and the bite was a full two inches between fangs! Maybe they'll eat the poison snails.

    Hmm... This is pretty cool. Have you tried garlic mash? Snails hate it so it's good for barriers and if a snail eats it anyway the snail gets sick and dies!

    Oh, and that Decollate Snail cartoon's funny!

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    Garlic mash? I never tried it, bit I will when summer comes... Haha! yeah...