Hello, all: I'm a new homeowner and first-time gardener so you'll have to
forgive questions that no doubt will seem naive and silly.
In any event, I bought some Safer's Slug and Snail Bait because I have
snails in my front garden. Which has some assorted annual and perennial
plants and flowers in it. The box says that it contains ferric phosphate
I spread these pellets throughout the garden, but was a bit concerned that
I had used too much. It's hard to say in a newsgroup how much is "too
much" (like "there are on average 97 pellets per square foot"). For the
sake of argument, let's say I did use too much. Will these pellets hurt my
I'm not excited about the idea of going out there with a teaspoon and
fishing most of the pellets out.
Many thanks for any information!
David in Toronto
Well, if the poison makes you nervous, and you have a friend with a
fireplace, ask them to save you some ashes. It annoys slugs and snails.
Obviously, not the precise effect you're looking for, but still......
you will be fine. the stuff is extremely diluted. I am guessing that
even a pound per 10 square feet would be OK, if there is any organic
matter in the soil. I use the same bait and I am guessing 50 to 100
pellets per square foot is my dose, once a year, right now.
Many thanks to everyone for the information and advice.
Eventually I'll learn everything I need to know about my garden . . . . in
about ten years or so.
Ha! Not true. *I* read the instructions . . . . . after applying the slug
The instructions said to apply 5 grams per cubic meter. The box is 500
grams. So about 100th of a box/cubic meter. I applied a lot more than
that. But 5 grams (which to me would be about 5 pellets per cubic meter)
just didn't seem like enough. I'd say I laid about 50 pellets/cubic meter.
This is why there should be a test at point of sale for pesticides!
No doubt some group would claim discrimination against dyslexics and
Really difficult questions like- - -
How many fingers am I holding up.
Which is bigger a teaspoon or a tablespoon.
If a teaspoon is 5 cc how many cc are 2 teaspoons
What is a respirator
What telephone number is 911
Whose telephone number is this- 1-800-222-1222
Hey, watch it they bucky boy.
That is dangerous thinking you are using there.
If it were up to people like you, Dubya would never have been elected
How do you think the world would have turned out if that happened?
You know he can't wave a magic wand and make gas prices go down. That's
because he broke it getting the US to invade Iraq under false pretenses!!!
I've found that you don't need to shotgun the entire yard with snail bait
for it to be effective. There are typically only key areas where you
want/need snail bait, such as near roses, flower gardens, near key plants.
Surprisingly you don't need a lot of bait to do the job, the snails/slugs do
a good job of finding the bait on their own.
Also if you have dogs or small children, consider using the powdered
version, instead of the pellets, until the pellets soak up enough water to
turn into a clump of sawdust you run the risk of a kid or pet thinking it's
something tasty to eat. I like the powdered kind, because I can take an old
laundry soap cup and use it to lightly dust the stuff around and get better
coverage with less product.
If you drink coffee, the old coffee grounds supposedly works as a repellent.
I would think that drenching the area would wash the excess away, if in fact
it could be too much for the plants. On the other hand, there are more
friendly methods to control the varmits. The first that comes to mind is
handpicking at night when they're out & feeding, and trapping. They prefer
a cool, dark, damp spot to spend the day, so creating a daytime hideout is
an easy way to trap. My favorite is to roll up a section of newspaper into
a tube, dampen it, and close one end. Check the trap in the morning, and if
you've caught any, close the other end and toss out. For more information,
the University of Calif. has a great publication on dealing with snails &
slugs: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7427.html .
Suzy, Zone 5, Wisconsin
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