Snails and slugs are dangerous pests for the garden! In dry weather, they like to hide in secluded places where it is dark and high humidity. And at night, when dew falls, or on rainy days, slugs and snails creep out into the garden, sometimes completely destroying the leaves of young plants and the ripe harvest.
How to deal with snails and slugs: features
Snails and slugs give preference to fruit and vegetable crops, in which they willingly eat not only the leaves, but also the stems, flowers, fruits. They do not disdain and many ornamental plants. Without leaves of any kind, very limited opportunities for growth, without photosynthesis and flowers, the process of pollination and fruit set is threatened.
Undoubtedly, slugs and snails are active garden pests. However, its ecosystem is vast and so diverse that every member of the fauna plays a special role in it. Not always this role can only be negative or positive. Slugs and snails also have an important sanitary function in the garden; they recycle dead and damaged plant residues.
Therefore, the fight against these pests should be soft and aimed, first of all, at strengthening the planted crops and restricting access to them of slugs and snails. Destroying them, even with the help of the so-called "soft" chemicals, is the most extreme and necessary measure of struggle, which should be applied to a point and in short periods of time.
What to do with garden snails?
Good plastic barriers for snails include special plastic gutters, which are attached along the perimeter of prefabricated ridges. Such gutters are filled with water, which serves as an obstacle for pests. Any dry and porous materials, small gravel, crushed shells, eggshells are unpleasant for snails, therefore, they are excellent for inter-row filling.
But keep in mind that during rainy weather, their effectiveness is greatly reduced. On the same principle, and the action of a special environmentally friendly granular material (Slug Stoppa Granules), which is scattered next to the plants. It is valid for the entire season. The granules create a good barrier for snails: they absorb moisture and mucus perfectly, effectively drain the surface of their bodies, depriving garden pests of the ability to move further. On sale there are also wide plastic headbands with bent edges, which are fixed in the ground around the plants. They do not allow snails to crops.
Plant vegetables on raised beds or in containers, in time tie up legumes, tomatoes and pumpkins to supports, use transparent plastic caps (for example, the lower halves of large plastic bottles from water) and film covers for young and vulnerable plants - all this will make them edible for Snails are not physically accessible.
Getting rid of the snail
The best way to fight grape snails is to manually collect mollusks. This method works great. When collecting pests, take a roll sticks, large tweezers or some other device that will help you choose all the slugs. Throw all the collected mollusks into a bucket of soapy water or saline.
Using lures or snail traps - also a way out. To do this, you can use a flat board, inverted cabbage leaves, inverted orange or citrus peels, which in the evening need to spread out on the ground. Slugs crawl under them to hide from light and heat. In the morning you will need to make a check, and if you find pests, then just throw them away. After that, lay out the new traps.
There are dozens of ways to get rid of snails and slugs. They all have different efficiencies. Try to start what you can do the easiest, perhaps the easiest way for you to be the most productive. If all else fails, you can resort to more complex techniques, such as the use of special chemicals. But be careful, destroying snails and slugs completely, you risk disrupting the ecosystem of your summer cottage.