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Snail Damaged Plants

This is a discussion on Snail Damaged Plants within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I noticed a dendrobium looking munched on yesterday and this morning I found more destruction. ...

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    Angry Snail Damaged Plants

    I noticed a dendrobium looking munched on yesterday and this morning I found more destruction. It didn't take long to find the hungry critter. I took it out onto the bricks and squished it. I have to keep an eye out for these. At least it only got one spike...my big pink catt was blooming out right next to the phal that got munched. It's so lucky my big new pink cattleya flower didn't get ruined!

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    As you can see it even got one of the phals spikes...awful snails!

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    This is the snail...he's soooo lucky he didn't get my pink flower! You can see the green poop that used to be my plants.

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    Well considering he got squished, I don't know how much unluckier he could have gotten. *snicker* Glad you caught the slimy menace before it could do even more damage.



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    Awful snails (and slugs) !

    3 spikes munched on my Laelia gouldiana and 1 on my Laelia anceps. I hate them !

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    I will through away away from my house.

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    I normally take them out to the grass and let them go but this one ate a spike...he had to go to snail heaven.

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    Glad you got him Connie. Be careful how you squash snails. When you squash them they release their eggs, and if the ground conditions are right you have just created hundreds more. Much better to put them on the ground or in a container and squirt with some Bleach. That will illimimate eggs and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Glad you got him Connie. Be careful how you squash snails. When you squash them they release their eggs, and if the ground conditions are right you have just created hundreds more. Much better to put them on the ground or in a container and squirt with some Bleach. That will illimimate eggs and all.
    Thank You for the advice... I'm kinda mean. I put them on the bricks in full sun so they bake thoroughly...after I squish their shell. Bleach might be nicer...lol.

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    Death to those evil b@&tards! They are creatures from hell...unless they are in a butter sauce on toast points. Then they are quite lovely.
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    Yeuch! i tend to use salt! i purchased a new orchid very recently and removed plant from pot ready for mounting. The bark within the pot was home for those tiny small slugs. Not sure if they are babies or just a species designed to be small, but tiny or not the damaged inflicted in traumatic.

    Indicates how easily it is to introduce pests. Sunken cups/ dishes or just about anything you dont mind using for bait. Pour cider or beer/ lager into sunken fluid holders, ensuring a reasonably good depth. Slugs and snails would tend to overlook many meals sensing the sweet and decomp rot like smell and head for the trap. oh! and drown.

    Orange peel placed appropriately to create hiding place. Attracted to this aswell and those that shelter underneath in day can be disposed of altogether. Nematodes are a natural predator/ biologically control. This can be applied
    in water to soil/ bark etc and build a colony and kill kill kill! Not sure how long their effectiveness remains after pests have been wiped out, possibly cannabilize each othe until depleted.

    I once woke during nightime sleep and headed for fridge to get juice. I stepped on a slug bare-footed and Im sure u can guess the rest. It was more in the front part of my foot so it was squished going inbetween my toes. Think I did actually gag but used mind over matter to keep my takeaway from coming back out.

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    There are so many pests, i've taken to picking up each plant...a few a day...and inspecting them from top to bottom. If they look buggy or munched on I start looking around. It doesn't take long now that i'm keeping on top of things better. Sometimes I spray...just in case!

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