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Snails - little tiny ones

This is a discussion on Snails - little tiny ones within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It works I promise. I tried this method myself then reccommendeed it to someone else ...

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    It works I promise. I tried this method myself then reccommendeed it to someone else who beamed at the effectiveness after havin tried everything else. I remember his eye roll as he said "everyone has an opinion". Two weeks later he beamed how well it works....ready for the miracle....copper. It cost me a whole 6 cents to save my dove orchid .

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    Oh, and scientific is for scientists I don't care how it works as long as it works.

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    beer and coffee may kill but copper repels.

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    Wow, thanks everyone, a lot of useful information here!

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    I put the potato slices in each pot. The two plants I suspected of bringing in the little snails were the only two that had snails on the potato. So, I have "caught" about 6 of the tiny guys and disposed of them. I bought both plants at the same place at the same time. I also had tiny little black/silver long bodied little bugs in these same two pots. I have put some neem oil spray on them. No black/silver bugs this morning. I'm glad I am finding these snails and getting rid of them. They were eating on the new root growths!

    I will add copper tape to the rim of my pots to prevent new snails/slugs or to keep these I brought in from spreading.

    I think I have some copper tape in my stained glass supplies, now where did I put them?

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    Great hunting story Mary. keep it up. I guess would be a good practice to repeat this once in 2-3 days initially to capture all the new ones.

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    mary,.. uncooked potatoes right? were they dead or still alive when you found them?

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    Yes, i used raw potatoes. Just sliced them about 1/4" and stuck them on the top of the bark. The bugs/snails were alive and feeding on the potato. So, I just slipped them in a plastic bag, sealed them up with the potato and disposed of them.

    Honestly, after I clear these snails up, I will probably put a slice of potato in my pots once in a while to check for bugs and snails.

    Was very easy and inexpensive.

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    That is one advantage to Colorado. No snails (at least I have yet to see any in the wild in 16 years of living here). Only snails to worry about here are 'hitch hikers' in newly imported (out of State) plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstoli View Post
    Yes, i used raw potatoes. Just sliced them about 1/4" and stuck them on the top of the bark. The bugs/snails were alive and feeding on the potato. So, I just slipped them in a plastic bag, sealed them up with the potato and disposed of them.

    Honestly, after I clear these snails up, I will probably put a slice of potato in my pots once in a while to check for bugs and snails.

    Was very easy and inexpensive.
    yes,.. can get potatoes everywhere and non toxic,..
    i think i'm gonna do that too, to check,.. wonder if it could attract other things too,... i suspect the orchids i got from the broken tree may still have something,.. the bugs are very good at hiding and hard to kill,...
    thank you mary for sharing the experience,...

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    Gotta be careful in Florida. Found out the hard way I can't do potatoes because of the roaches here. Apparently, they are really attracted to starchy foods such as wheat, potatoes, flour, etc.....

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    and they eat orchids

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    OK folks, we're mixing up too many things here, which might result in some ineffective treatment.

    Copper metal is a barrier because it reacts with the slime on slugs' and snails' feet. It us usually wrapped around bench legs to prevent the critters from climbing up to the plants. Copper can be toxic to plants, so I wouldn't put coins in a pot.

    Raw potato and the like are great for remedying obvious symptoms, but will never rid you of the issue - they lay eggs everywhere.

    Snails and slugs are easy to get rid of with products containing iron phosphate. Bush snails, on the other hand - the tiny ones I suspect "silverstoli" is referring to - are not affected by it at all.

    Measurol is about the only thing I know that is extremely effective, but it is a controlled-use pesticide, and many states require an applicators license to purchase it.

    There is scientific evidence that concentrated caffeine will also kill them, but a lot of debate about the efficacy of coffee. However, I used to save the dregs from the coffee pot in a milk jug, adding about 10% rubbing alcohol to prevent mold, and just sprayed that all over any affected plants. I have not seen a bush snail in years.

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