LifestyleCombat garden menace: Effective methods to remove shell-less snails from your plot

Combat garden menace: Effective methods to remove shell-less snails from your plot

Snails are not welcome in our gardens.
Snails are not welcome in our gardens.
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1:07 PM EST, February 11, 2024

Pomrowy are large, shell-less snails, making them a significant threat in the garden. These pests can devastate crops in a short time, showing a particular preference for cabbage and lettuce. At the first sight of snails in your garden or allotment, it's essential to eliminate these aggravating pests as soon as possible.

Creating a fruity trap for snails

A garden is paradise for snails. Here, they not only find their favourite plants, but the conditions are also just right for them. In addition to feasting on plants, pomrowy also feed on the tiny insects that are frequent visitors to our plots and gardens, particularly in summer.

Wondering how to free your garden from these pesky snails? A grapefruit is all you need. As it turns out, snails are quite fond of it. So how can this citrus fruit be utilized in the battle against snails? Simply place a halved grapefruit in the area where the snails have appeared. With the grapefruit's potent essential oils, snails swiftly detect its aroma and make a beeline for it, thereby falling into the trap. Once the snails gather around the grapefruit, collect and dispose of them from the garden.

Secure your fences and pots. Keep snails at bay

Copper is a material that deters snails. Upon contact with copper, snails experience a minor shock, which they perceive as a threat. Consequently, they deviate from their path and seek an alternative place to inhabit. Therefore, if safeguarding your crops from snails is your aim, invest in some self-adhesive copper foil. Cover your fence, pots or plant holding structures that snails are attracted to with it. This copper "barrier" successfully deters snails from wandering further, providing a safe and humane means of protecting crops against pests.

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