Snails

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While we sleep, they go to work. I have a plague of snails in my garden. They come out at night when humidity is high to feed on a wide range of plants causing damage and making my landscape plants less attractive. The snails prefer to eat the leaves of the Photinia fraseri aka Red Robin.

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Someone told me killing snails with beer is a simple process – you simply attract the snails to a snail trap filled with beer, into which they fall in and drown. Fortunately, snails can’t swim, they crawl and I don’t like beer.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bowie is on snail patrol.

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55 responses

  1. That’s funny: they crawl and you don’t like beer. You’re not wasting any of a good beverage, snails get to go bye-byes and your garden is good. And Mr. Bowie maintains his vigilance.

  2. Beer is wonderful, but most American beer is not, so we used to use Schaefer’s, according to my late and ex husband “the beer that slugs deserve.” Oddly the slogan never caught on

  3. I don’t know how big the slugs get over there or what varieties you have, but Oregon State University has a good page on our local slugs. Some are native, some are invasive species from elsewhere. Coming from the east coast where we had little grey slugs, these big slugs were quite a shocker to see, and greeted us our first night here in Oregon. Slugs and snails can spread lungworm to cats. Hopefully Mr. Bowie just watches them and doesn’t eat them.
    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/mollusks.htm

    • Thank you for this useful information, Lavinia. I didn’t know about the lungworm danger for cats… Thanks!

  4. Mr. Bowie is doing a good job watching out for those snails. We hope the beer takes care of them and you don’t keep having a problem with them. Hugs and nose kisses

  5. Yep we have snails here that have become really big..tried the beer traps….nothing..we have lots of frogs and I am hoping they will eat them..coffee grounds spread on the ground work..i don’t put them down because of the frogs..i can’t win..keep up the good work Mr Bowie 🙂 Fozziemum

  6. Best wishes on Mr. Bowie’s and your quest to have a snail-free garden!

    I personally found beer traps to be a bit of a problem because rain or watering the garden became problematic, even with a trap I used that was supposed to overcome that issue. (It was a basin with a plastic lid with an overhang to prevent water or rain from diluting the bait beer.)

    Besides, I DO like beer, and it seemed a waste to give the snails a final party!

    • Thank you, Weggieboy! So far no snails in the traps…
      About the beer, well, I like to let them go in style!

  7. We’re done the beer trap thing for years and kept the snails from eating the hostas and everything else they enjoy……my husband likes beer so we always have plenty of “snail bait” handy!!

    Pam

  8. As a fellow gardener I sympathize. I never wasted money on traps, the dish has to be shallow enough for them to slide into, so i used foil pie plates. It seems a shame to waste good Belgian beer, I agree American mass market beer is all they deserve, I consider it poisonous anyway.

    • I never use poison in my garden, only Belgian beer. The traps were very cheap, found them in a local supermarket. So far no snails in the traps, maybe I’m using the wrong beer… 😉

  9. Oh lookie there, aqua patio lanterns ! Pretty nice addition to Casa Bowie 😀 Maybe you could tweak up the amps so that your garden is lit up like the Polaris in the night sky. Or import a whole bunch of birds, Mr Bowie IS looking very Hitchcock’ish there…

    • You’re so right, my dear Boomdee. He got the huge Hitchcock cheeks…
      If I don’t catch any snails, I’ll turn the traps into green lanterns. Love your idea!

  10. I tried that with my snails and slugs, and just ended up with a bunch of drunken gastropods having a pool party followed by extreme munchies in the garden. Salt! They will melt like the Wicked Witch of the West. They like to hang out on the undersides of your bricks and any plastic you have used as a weed barrier. Remove the plastic, and sprinkle under your bricks with salt. You can also safely sprinkle your plants and the area around them with diatomaceous earth. Encourage a toad or garter snake to come and live in your garden, or get a chicken!

  11. We have English Ivy, which is a bane, so we have lots of snails. Our mommy does not like them. When she finds them in her garden, she cuts them in half with her pruning shears. She is a very mean mommy when it comes to snails. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  12. P.S. We tried the beer thing one year. It didn’t work all that well. Let us know how it works for you. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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