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Snails in Florida

This is a discussion on Snails in Florida within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have lots of the copper tape on hand. I am a stained glass folk!...

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    I have lots of the copper tape on hand. I am a stained glass folk!

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    Excellent Jonada...please post some of your work!!

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    The problem for me is the stand is very close to the wall. So, the slugs can easily climb the walls and get onto the orchids. One of the worst instances was when I saw couple of adamant and highly determined slugs climb up the wall, climb down the extension of the vaulted ceiling and then get onto the hanging planter!!! I never expected them to be so determined in their mission

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    I will post some of my stuff if you would like to see it, thank you. I will take a few pics and start a new thread.

    I was going to suggest planting nasturtiums around your grow area as they are a natural barrier for slugs and snails, but if your bench is close to a wall, that won't work.

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    Grew up in Miami. Major issues with bush snails [insiduous little monsters ... about 1/4 in diameter with a flat spiral shell]... ate everthing in the greenhouse. Now I am in N Carolina and we have the same problem of snails but with the regular garden variety. In Miami, I had incredible succvess in eleminating Bush snails with Cook' Liquid Slug bait ... this was a liquid metadehyde spray that worked wonders. Have not been able to find it lately. In NC I have used a multi prong aproach to control the garden slugs. No. 1 ... they are severe alcoholics ... beer is like catnip to them and they die happy! A shallow plastic saucer and your favorite left over beer brand works wonders. No. 2 ... the new iron sulphate slug control chemicals really do work well and unlike Metadehyde, are not toxic to your pets. No. 3 ... sanitation is important, do not leave anything lying around they can hide under doing the day. The old Sevin (carbaryl), also helps control slugs and is very effective on other chewing insects such as roaches, grasshoppers, etc.

    While on the subject of pests, this year saw an influx of feild mice into the greenhouse. Plugged their entry routes, but took a while to eleminate the little critters... the are very destructive on buds, new growth, roots and seed pods. I find they are very, very easy to lure to the old fashioned snap mouse traps ... merely tie a piece of lightly fried bacon to the tripper with dental floss, add a few small dabs of creamy peanut butter and they can't resist [the dental floss insures they cannot steal the bacon and when they tug on the bacon, this trips the trap].
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