How can I get rid of snails in my garden?

I live in SW Louisiana and have noticed a lot of snails in my vegetable garden. I put beer in small saucers in the garden, but it didn't seem to help. i don't plan to plant my vegetables until Easter. Is there something I could do now to get rid of them? Thanks

  13 answers
  • Melissa Combs Melissa Combs on Mar 02, 2018
    I have also used crushed eggshells.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 02, 2018
    There is snail and slug bait that you could use.

  • NQ. NQ. on Mar 02, 2018
    try Aluminum pie dish,pour beer. It work for me.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 02, 2018
    Beer in a pie tin. They go in, don’t come out

  • Sassy Sassy on Mar 02, 2018
    Beer works great! Half buy a tuna can in the dirt, pour in some beer and they will easily get in there but cannot get out.

  • Start saving your egg shells. Circle your veggies with crushed shells. Shells are sharp, they won't cross barrier. Other than that use bait.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 03, 2018
    Since beer is not working for you, sprinkle salt, not a lot. Any kind of salt will do, I use table salt. If it rains, you'll have to reapply. Be careful though, plants cannot tolerate much salt.
    If you see slugs on your plants, sprinkle the critters with a pinch.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 03, 2018
    Small snakes and toads love to eat snails!

  • Juls Juls on Mar 04, 2018
    broken egg shells and bowls of beer. the beer draws the snails, they drink, get wasted and fall into bowl and drown. The egg shells are sharp and cut them when they try to move over the sharp shards they get cut.

  • Juls Juls on Mar 04, 2018
    And don't forget snakes. they love fat, juicy snails and grasshoppers and almost any tasty bug.

  • Have you tried beer in a sunken tuna can? Bury it level with the ground, they love the stuff, climb in and drown! I now have predatory snails that eat the regular garden snails. Thought I had another type moving in and started stepping on them! Finally had time to research, no more smashing!!

  • Liv Liv on Jun 16, 2018
    Use egg shells.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 02, 2020

    Hi there MJ, it might sound silly but we have a few overturned flowerpots, with a stone placed under the rim to lift them up a bit, scattered around our garden. We check them every few days for snails. They like crawling inside. Grapefruit and orange halves work too. We also try watering our garden in the morning instead of the evening. Snails and slugs like moist conditions so by watering in the morning it gives the surface soil time to dry out by the evening when snails are most active.