Saturday, April 18, 2015

Get rid of those snails and slugs

Snails and slugs are a menace to your plants. During the day most of the slimy guys snuggle down in the dirt and mulch. They emerge after dark with a powerful appetite for leaves and spend the night munching holes in your plants.

One sure sign of snails and slugs is called honeydew, or what I would call a slime trail.

When you get honeydew trails, you need to take action right away. You can use a commercially available snail bait (see your garden center). Or you can use diatomaceous earth. The diatoms you studied in junior high are all over the ocean floors, and somebody scoops them up to sell in bags. Diatomaceous earth is good for many kinds of soft-bodied bugs, not just slugs and snails. If an insect moves over diatomaceous earth, it cuts him to shreds. Gruesome, I know, but it's a good natural insect killer.

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