Snails Infestation in Lawn

njgardener_2007October 23, 2007

Hi - We have lots and lots of snails in our lawn. They are very small and you can see them with their tiny little shells. They are in the grass, the soil, our driveway, on the garage door, on the front steps, the walkway, everywhere!

We had this problem since mid-summer but it seems to be getting worse now. We put down a pellatized snail killer which didnt help a bit.

What should we do?

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Harvest them .. escargot! ...although, I'll not be buying any.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2007 at 9:41AM
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Set out a container with beer - they just love the stuff. Make sure its shallow enough for them to crawl in and deep enough that they can't crawl out.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2007 at 2:09PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

bird baths everywhere.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 8:55AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

If you are not opposed to using chemical fertilizers, scatter ammonium sulfate around at the regular fertilizer rate. You can get a lifetime supply of it for under $10. AS is a white rock salt and it does what salt does to snails. You should be snail free for years to come.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 3:20PM
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The Beer idea is not going to work since they have covered our entire 1 acre of lawn. So that would be a lot of beer!

As for the ammonium sulfate - I am open to try anything at this point. I looked up ammonium sulfate and i read that it is used to bring down the pH of soil. Our soil is already pretty acidic and we were actually planning on putting down Lime. So this Ammonium Sulfate would have the opposite affect of what we are trying to do in the first place.

should we still apply it? Also, will Lime kill snails?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 8:26PM
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What you need is 2 or 3 pet ducks (yes like Daffy) to graze in your yard for a week. They LOVE snails. They would clean them out and leave you some very nice fertilizer as a bonus. (grin)

However ... I'll bet your city has a law preventing ducks as pets.

Althought...if you had them on a leash...maybe?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 7:42PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

DUCKS! I wish I'd thought of that. Start with ducklings and they will hang around when they mature in a few weeks. Otherwise they will fly away. Clip their wings and they will stay until the feathers grow back. Some ducks provide excellent eggs on a daily basis, especially when they are fed on meat (snails).

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 8:17PM
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You will not put down enough Ammonia Sulfate to effect your PH. If you did it would burn all your grass right up. It is only repeated applications you have to worry about, and by that I mean for every fertlizer application.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 9:41PM
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