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This is a discussion on snails within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; One of the old methods is to place a penny on top the medium. You ...

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    One of the old methods is to place a penny on top the medium. You can place a dish of beer near-by for them to drown in. And I go out and hand pick them off after a heavy rain. I place them into a pot with dish soap and a couple inches of water. It keeps their eggs from being viable and hatching out more of the annoying things. There are so many methods online. If your area is bad with them like ours, there is a snail pot method where you dig several holes around the area and place a 2 liter soda bottle in the hole. Cover with dirt until the opening to the bottle is even with the ground (you cut the top of the bottle so the opening is large enough for the snail to fall in). Put beer in the bottle and the snails will smell the beer and fall into the opening for the bottle. Every few months you will need to dig up the bottle and clean it out. And more beer will need to be added as the old evaporates...or which ever mixture you use (there are several liquids people use in the bottle, beer is just the most popular). We have it pretty bad with the darn critters so I've done a ton of research on ways to kill them. When you find even one in a pot it's good to repot. The tiny ones can do a lot of damage to roots as I've found in the past.

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    Thank you connie. I have tried a similar trap with yeast + sugar in warm water and pour them into a container and bury the container neck deep in soil...I could see quite a lot of slugs falling into the cheaper and effective than beer

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