Snails

I have a problem with snails and I was told broken egg shells. Also that there is a wire I can use
ROSEMARIE
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You can use egg shells, diatomaceous earth, wood ashes, drown them in beer, or make the midnight rounds with a flash light (torch in your part of the world). Your best bet is to get a bait with iron phosphate in it (iron is a necessary element for human health and phosphate is important to the garden), or nematodes (Google: "garden, snails, nematodes") or check a nursery near you.
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On 5/8/2008 9:27 AM, ROSEMARIE wrote:

I bought a small spool of thin copper wire. I wrap this three times around certain flower pots that have plants that attract snails. I also wrapped it around the trunk of a tangelo (citrus that is a cross between pomelo and tangerine) in a way that allows the trunk to grow and expand without the wire cutting into the bark. (The snails in California find citrus bark to be a special treat. They can kill a mature tree by eating all around the trunk and girdling the tree.)
For my garden in general, I use carnivorous decollate snails. I don't know if decollates will prey on the snails in your area. Also, decollates are not allowed in some areas because they might prey on native endangered snails. See <http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r107500111.html for details about decollates and also about ways to control the snails that destroy our gardens.
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Eggshells have worked for me.
I've also heard they don't like hair .
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wrote:

Ammonia and water in a hand sprayer works well for me. Whenever I see them I give them a shot with the sprayer and they roll up and die. Cheers, Monty in Michigan
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wrote:

So, does that mean you stay up all night with your sprayer in hand? <g>
Persephone
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