Every summer, our Houston pest control professionals get calls about snails in the garden. One of the most common questions is, “Are snails good or bad for my garden?” Answer: Bad! If you think they’re good for your garden, you are probably confusing snails with worms. Worms, good – snails, bad (very bad)! There are lots of homespun remedies out there for you to try out – everything from beer (sure, why not?) to creating a barrier made of salt around the plants (which is really not recommended, because although it may keep snails away, it will also be poisonous to your plans). Here are some more practical ways to keep snails out of the garden:
Remove whatever is attracting them. Snails like cool, moist and dark environments; obviously, you want your garden to stay watered and not dry out, but you can improve its sunlight reception. This will warm up your plants and eliminate the dark.
Clean up the ground. Removing the leaves, clippings and other organic materials lying on the ground around your plants is a good way to discourage snails. They would prefer to hide under these items, so cleaning up the area is a good way to keep the snails away.
Pick them off. This is the low-tech method, of course – but as a last resort or a supplementary measure when you’re already doing the other two methods, it sometimes becomes necessary. Humanely place the snails in an area away from your garden: over a retaining wall that leads to an alley, for example. Just keep them away from your plants!
These are some of the best ways to control the snail population in your garden this summer. If you have questions about treatments for outdoor pests, contact our Houston pest control professionals; we will be glad to help you.