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02/06/2012 at 08:42

Ive a big problem with snails in my garden.  I went out last night armed with torch and salt but there were hundreds! -I hate killing anything but my garden is being destroyed.


Please help

02/06/2012 at 09:23

As they say - you can't have everything. Beer traps mean at least they die happy! Other things you could do - encourage birds; make a pond if you haven't got one; make log piles for hedgehogs, frogs, toads etc. You could also pick up the snails and release them in a local wood - just not too local as they have homing instincts and will come back to your garden!!

02/06/2012 at 23:42

You could try to work out where they're coming from each night. Ours like to hide up behind the ivy. Then you can head then off by whatever method you prefer. Bet you can't catch them all though!

03/06/2012 at 08:43

use blue pellets which you can get from a garden centre they worked for me

03/06/2012 at 09:15
A swift foot crush is the method I use. I then pray that when I die and hopefully meet my Maker that S/He isn't a snail!
03/06/2012 at 09:52

I've spent years lobbing mine over the fence in the hope that a bird or passing car will dispatch said critter and I can avoid the guilt trip but this year I not only read that they make their way home but also realised that it is only man that has a conscience and that nature encourages survival of the fittest so, I stamp on snails and guillotine slugs sans guilt (knowing that a grumpy tiger or bear would not think twice to do it to me) and at least I am not prolonging their suffering with poisons or salt etc.

Fast and guiltless survival of the fittest just as nature dictates.

03/06/2012 at 10:50
Quite so. I'll join your gang.
03/06/2012 at 11:58

I finally summed up the courage today and crunched a snail... it was having a feast on my marigolds!! Flipping cheek!

03/06/2012 at 12:07
3 in our 'Courage to Crunch Molluscans Gang' now.
03/06/2012 at 12:26

I once speared a big fat brown slug with my gardening fork & it screamed put me off a bit didnt realise they hadfeelings ha ha

03/06/2012 at 14:01
Of course Slug Killers are admitted to our "Courage to Crumch Molluscans Gang' Now renamed Courage to Kill Molluscans & Squash Slugs Gang' in this age of nuemonics CK MASS Gang
08/06/2012 at 19:53

i take great delight in standing on a slug or snail but forgot myself the other morning when i popped out to the shed and stood on two with my slippers not quite the same as my wellies it wasnt nice having to scrape and wash the sole of my slippers!!

08/06/2012 at 20:01
Hope the souls of the slugs met their Maker!
08/06/2012 at 20:40

I had an ongoing war for almost a year ,every night and whenever I went out in the garden. I stood on then ,got them drunk ,salted them ,threw them and took them on long country walks. What a bloke I hear you all whisper . Yes . It worked and I proudly   say that I have almost no slug or snail problem.  The odd one now and again but nothing compared to invasion of before.  So on my opinion it takes bloody hard work over a long period of time ,but the reward is as my friend Tony says is GGGGRRREAT.

08/06/2012 at 21:49

I love the sound of crunching snails underfoot in the evening.  (the only good snail is a dead snail)

08/06/2012 at 22:01
Wow Scotyboy and Koala Girl I'm so with you!
Your enthusiasm Scotyboy puts me to shame . However, I shall go on an inebriated midnight roam with my drunken snails in a bucket. Promise me that ALL of you will speak up for me when I get taken to court for snail homicide whilst under the influence.
08/06/2012 at 22:08


I recently purchased some organic slug pellets from a well known auction site which are made of sheeps wool

and they work a treat and are non toxic as well

Slug Gone Wool Pellets

hope this helps


08/06/2012 at 22:11

We use organic slug pellets, they cost £5 a tub..the snails and slugs love em, they have a bite then go under a stone to die, so you won't see their dead slimey bodies everywhere. I still from time to time if i see one it gets squashed. By the way they love compost remember to sprinkle some pellets around the bins.

08/06/2012 at 22:17
Like both the ideas of organic slug pellets. I shall visit the well known auction site to purchase same. I shall miss the satisfying crunch but feel it is now time to curb my homicidal excesses
08/06/2012 at 22:17


I have also used the nematodes remedy and this seems to have cut down the slug population as well


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