Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, going around the house and shutting up shop (mainly so kitties can’t do bad things while we sleep), I noticed a spot from afar on the old retro chair we have on the back patio.
I walked over to our back door and had a closer look. Lo and behold, it was a snail!
I thought it would make a funny picture for a blog post, so I grabbed my trusty Samsung and headed out there.
Unfortunately for my herb tray, Mr. Chair Snail brought back up.
Lots of back up.
His posse was about 20 snails deep, and quite a few of them were about triple his size, too.
It was raining last night, and it rained most of today as well, so it was a pretty fun time for them!
There I was, at 2am, picking snails off my plants and chucking them into the hedges. Ben wasn’t aware of the invasion and wondered what the hell I was doing outside for so long when I was meant to come to bed.
If you click on this picture to the left, there are three snails in it. See if you can find them, the bastards!
I have snail pellets, but I haven’t put them down yet because I want to try to find the ecostore variety, as they’re not dangerous to birds & cats.
I also saw some copper infused adhesive tape, but it’s $10 for 4m of tape, and that wouldn’t really get me far. People say egg shells also help, but we don’t go through that many eggs. And I’ve heard of the beer traps, but those count on snails wandering into them, and I’m not sure the beer would be as tasty as my basil or strawberry plants!
Luckily, an awesome lady by the name of Nitasha will be my coffee grounds faerie and give me some coffee grounds to scatter around! I love coffee, but I don’t think I drink enough to provide enough grounds to deter these buggers. Thank you, Nitasha! I hope that will hold them off for a bit.
Have any of you effectively rid your garden of snails without using traditional pellets that are harmful to pets, wildlife and your soil quality?