Posted: 30/05/2013 at 14:16
I sympathise with the SS problem in gardens and allotments although we must remember they are not really pointless so much as being made redundant. their previous job was to be a valuable source of food for many birds, mammals and other small creatures and even us humans in times of famine!
In today's world, we mostly feed the birds and small garden creatures ourselves, and convince ourselves the snail is actually a delicacy and the lack of woodlands, verges, pastures and hedgerows only adds to their population numbers as their predators decrease in numbers.
As for control methods. I confess to using pellets early in the year or at random times of invasion. Piles of grit are heaped over the tastiest plants and I use the GG technique of guillotining to avoid prolonged suffering.
P.S. I've used the garlic spray on my hostas but the liquid just runs off the waxy leaves and doesn't stick!