A Non-Toxic Approach to Kill Snails in the Yard

The common garden snail, Cornu aspersum, has been attracted to the country from France in the 1850s for use. It escaped into the wild and became a garden pest and leaving unsightly slime trails. There are several ways of snails. You will get a better chance should you use multiple strategies, of eliminating them.


Handpicking snails is an effective control method when performed regularly. Look after dark with a flashlight for snails. When you find them, dip them into a jar of soapy water crush them, or just to kill them. Begin with snail searches. If they become difficult to find, it is possible to cut back to once per week. Watering the garden makes them easier to find and late in the afternoon draws on them out.

Hiding Places and Traps

Snails conceal in warm, moist, shady places during the day. Hiding places that are eliminating encourages them to proceed. Eliminate wood debris, stones, weeds and ground covers such as ivy. Leave a few hiding places to function as cubes. Flat boards upturned flower pots beneath the lip with rocks and increased an inch off the floor make excellent traps, and you find much more as you clean up the yard. Remove the snails in the hiding places a few times every day. Dip them into a container of soapy water.

Copper Barriers

Copper barriers are effective in excluding snails from valuable or susceptible plants. First, make sure that you have eliminated all snails in the area. Bands of copper which you are able to sink 1 inch into the soil are most effective. Bending the barrier outward’s cover adds an extra measure of safety. Maintain the copper clean by wiping it down from time to time. Copper tape is effective in some cases. Copper barriers should be utilised in conjunction with other control procedures.


Metaldehyde snail bait poses a threat to wildlife, pets and people and is poisonous. It is one of the most common causes of poisoning in dogs. Iron phosphate baits are a secure alternative. Making piles of bait is not as effective as sprinkling the bait around the yard. The ideal time would be on warm evenings before the snails come out of hiding. Pay special attention to regions around hiding places that you can not eliminate, such as under floor covers and decks. Treat damp places near irrigation and water faucets heads.

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