How do you get rid of white garden snails?

by Joanna
  10 answers
  • I use eggshells around the plants and garden bed. If you have a lot, you can round them up, feed them cornmeal and then have a lovely appetizer of escargot.

    See if this helps:

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 29, 2017

    Food grade diatomaceous earth

  • Sandy Hamamoto Sandy Hamamoto on May 29, 2017

    salt, I buy the big bag from Costco

  • William William on May 29, 2017

    Sink a few bowls or plates in the ground level with the surface. Fill the bowls/plates with (cheap) beer. The yeast attracts the slugs. They drink their fill and drown. Not their sorrows

    Anything you can make it uncomfortable for the slugs/snails to crawl on will deter them. A combination of solutions from everyone here should take care of them.

    Broken nutshells work in the same way as egg shells when getting rid of slugs. Break up the nutshells into small pieces, and create a protective barrier around your plants. Any slugs that come near your vegetables will soon turn the other way.

    Crushed egg shells work as a great home remedy of slugs. This is because slugs don’t like moving across sharp objects, although it isn’t not impossible for them to do, they just prefer not to. Break up the empty egg shells into small(ish) pieces and place around the flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits you want to keep safe from slug damage.

    Ash and Cinders make a rough protective barrier, and the fine ash also acts as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Wood ash and cinders are preferable. Avoid direct contact with plants.

    Grit and Gravel. The sharp rasping edges of finely crushed ‘horticultural grit’ makes an excellent slug barrier. Coarser gravel is largely ineffective, other than for decorative purposes.

    Sandpaper. Cut rings of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of vulnerable plants.

    Sawdust makes a good coarse barrier around tender plants, also acting as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Hardwood sawdust is most effective, and some people recommend cedar or oak.

    Copper Rings or Discs. Solid copper rings/discs of various diameter, used to encircle single or small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Look for rings that clip together. These are easy to slip round established plant stems, or join together to form a larger barrier.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 13, 2024

    Broken up nut shells worked for me. I placed them in several bags with paper towel padding and then ran over them with the car tire.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 13, 2024

    Pick them up and dispose of them. Tread on them to kill, or use slug and Snail pellets.

  • You may get rid of snails in your flower beds and yard by growing hostas, rosemary, or sage, introducing natural predators, catching the snails, utilizing barriers and repellents, and using beer as bait. You can also use salt to exterminate snails or artificially dry up your yard.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 04, 2024

    Create barriers using irritating materials such as abrasive gravel, sharp eggshell fragments, diatomaceous earth, or rough wood chips.

    Moist plant debris, underneath rocks, low weeds, mulch and fallen logs all provide hiding places for snails and slugs. Moisture is a key requirement for snails and slugs since they are adversely affected by dry conditions and the loss of body moisture.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 10, 2024

    Hi Joanna, hope this helps you. I love diatomaceous earth for this, you just need to reapply after rains or watering. Sprinkle on and around the plants

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 11, 2024

    The same way you get rid of other snails. Collect them when you see them, Sprinkle Slug and Snail bait. etc.