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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; Recently brought a cattleya home and have since seen/removed a couple of very small snails. ...

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    Recently brought a cattleya home and have since seen/removed a couple of very small snails. Any suggestions on handling this pest?
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    I am not a senior member. However I have found that my white Dendrobium is particularly attractive to slugs and snails. I have isolated the plant inside now, and spread slug/snail bait around it's pot. The pests that go for the bait are killed, instead of killing my orchid...It is not nice..I have read that barriers can be used..such as sticking a copper barrier around a pot, or sharp pebbles/salt, or a sticky honey layer..I am sure if you Google this, more tips will come up too.

    However physical removal of the pests, and not leaving the plant on the ground, may be your best security.
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    A little more info... I grow inside/window sill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf71758 View Post
    A little more info... I grow inside/window sill.
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    If it were me (and I am an amatuer, but I have been keeping orchids for almost 6 years). I would still apply bait. I have found snails on my Dendrobium twice, and once on a Iwanagara hybrid that I have, and in the medium of an Oncidium. (All of which are inside). It is surprising how pests get inside the media..But they will if they can smell the plant!!

    P.S. When I referred to keeping my Dendrobium outside - that was for the summer months only; as like a Cymbidium, I believe they love fresh air and natural sunlight when possible. The temperate climate of the UK (where I live), forces all my orchids inside into my room in the late autumn/winter. I do not have a greenhouse.

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    Repotting would be an idea , i have had the little blighters & they live deep in the media , so depotted , washed the roots & repotted in new media & new pot.

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    I would remove all the medium, rinse the roots, use a new pot and medium. Hopefully you will get rid of the eggs.

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    Sluggo works well for me. They're granules placed on top of the bark.
    I have several orchids, maybe 30 indoors. The tiny snails and slugs find their way indoors to munch on plants.

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    Hi, I had the same problem with a new plant a friend gave me, I made rings out of thick copper wire, placed these round the plant to stop them climbing up to eat the leaves. I placed thinly sliced apple on top of the bark overnight, this draws the critters and you can remove them from the underside of the apple in the morning. It worked for me.

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    Thanks to everyone for the advice. I'll use a combination of treatment and a full repotting (once blooms are gone).
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    I actually found a couple tiny snails in my orchidarium recently. I'm not sure how they got in there as I haven't introduced any new plants to the case in months. I guess it must have been eggs.

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