Hunt out Slugs and Snails at Night

by Amy Gordon
(last updated August 12, 2015)

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Slugs and snails can be harmful to your garden. Although they may not seem like they can do too much since they move so slowly, they can do quite a bit of damage, since they love to eat the vegetables that are grown in most small gardens. While individual snails usually only eat small holes, they can actually kill the plant if there are many of them in your garden.

If you are having problems with slugs or snails in your garden, the quickest way to take care of the problem is to poison them. Poison in not always practical, since it can be expensive, and it can also do more harm to your garden than the slugs and snails did to it when they were alive. If you want to get rid of those creatures in a more humane way, try this little trick.

Slugs and snails are mostly nocturnal creatures. Since most of them will be out eating your garden at night, the best time to get rid of them is in the night. This may sound ridiculous as well as difficult to do if you are a day person, but it is what many people with small gardens prefer to do.

If you want to get rid of your snail or slug infestation, grab your flashlight and head out to your garden when it is completely dark outside and start hunting for the slimy creatures. Remove them by picking them up and putting them in a place where they cannot easily get to your garden. You may want to wear gloves, since many people do not like the feel of slugs and snails. If you collect all of your slugs and snails in a small bucket, you can do all of your hunting at once and then drop the bucket off somewhere far away.

Removing slugs and snails this way can be a very labor-intensive process, especially if you have a large garden and a big infestation of slugs and snails. It is, unfortunately, the only humane way to get them out. If you do it enough nights in a row, and get the slugs and snails far enough away from your garden, you should have to do less and less work every time that you go snail hunting.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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What is 7 + 8?

2016-08-16 07:50:23

Wale

Please how di I hunt for snail in large quantity?


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