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environmentally friendly slug & snail killer in action

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I'm not going to be around very much for a while because I have so much to do

Hopefully the results will be more effective than this!
18th Jun 2007, 13:16  

nige says:


18th Jun 2007, 13:19

kyoob says:

that first pic really needs a caption:


18th Jun 2007, 13:21

minkey says:

Hmmmm....those snails were not convinced either....

18th Jun 2007, 13:23

Dhamaka says:


The only other environmentally friendly way of getting rid of them is also proving problematic. While throwing them as far as possible over the next-door neighbour's roof is an effective way of ridding myself of them while having fun and feeding the birds, it's a real pain clearing the floor of those that don't quite make it

18th Jun 2007, 13:23

minkey says:

eek....the other way is ...salt but very messy and not snails friendly.... and with the amount of rain not best, alternative i've tried were crushed seashells...worked around the hosta. Snails picking not the nicest job...

18th Jun 2007, 13:29

hildegard says:

Try watering with nematode eggs? Tiny slug parasites - you get dried eggs by post, put em in your watering can & water on. Don't know if you have to do it at a set time of year & don't know if they work on snails.
If you don't mind the look, try mulching with specially recycled windscreen glass. Seems to work well in dry areas.
/Suggestion box.

18th Jun 2007, 13:38

Sprocket says:

I shall set to work building a miniature snail catapault for you.

18th Jun 2007, 14:55

kyoob says:

*you have email*

18th Jun 2007, 15:09

factotum says:

I know a saucer of beer will lure slugs to their deaths...

18th Jun 2007, 15:40

kostika says:

I really love that top shot.

18th Jun 2007, 15:56

seaneeboy says:

We have plenty of snail problems too - eggshells in the topsoil does wonders, speshly when you eat as many eggs as we do!

18th Jun 2007, 16:33

Dhamaka says:

Thanks for the hints guys and for the compliments.

Factotum - that thing you see the snail on is a beer holder. I think the snails here are teetotal.

I'll try Seaneeboy's idea first because I like eggs and will report back. If that doesn't work I'll go for Hildegard's suggestion. I don't want to salt the snails partly because I hate watching them suffer like that and partly because on a rooftop garden a small amount of salt could cause other changes.

Kyoob - sorted :)

MrI - how does a snail do a "high five"?

Sprocket - You make it, I'll use it and blog it too..

Thanks for the HL too!

18th Jun 2007, 18:50

Caine says:

I love the top shot.

18th Jun 2007, 19:07

taniwha says:

Thanks for teh tip Seanee . the little blighters love our cucumber plants.

Good one on the high light, D.

18th Jun 2007, 19:55

FilbertFox says:

soak em in beer then cook em

18th Jun 2007, 21:59

Dhamaka says:

FF - so... you have a new recipe to share?
taniwha, Caine - thank you!

18th Jun 2007, 22:15

kyoob says:

was gutted i couldn't help out, i'll buy you a coffee/tea/wine when we get down to london.

18th Jun 2007, 22:17

Dhamaka says:

was great to meet you - I think the next drink is on me..

18th Jun 2007, 22:25

Jigalong says:

Cant help, havent seen a snail in years. Well done on the hl

19th Jun 2007, 05:48

Dhamaka says:

thanks Jigalong

19th Jun 2007, 09:00

FilbertFox says:

nah i does not eat meat, it just semed a waste to kill em and not eat em

19th Jun 2007, 15:26

chocolate says:

more snails!

19th Jun 2007, 15:47

Dhamaka says:


19th Jun 2007, 18:02

lilitiger says:

May sound silly but... Do they actually fit in the gap? Love the first shot.

21st Jun 2007, 09:52

Dhamaka says:

oh, there's plenty room lilitiger - it's just that they know to avoid the beer inside!

MrI... hmm.......

21st Jun 2007, 16:55

MaggieD says:

moving swiftly on ..... I find snails quite repugnent ..... :(

21st Jun 2007, 18:42

i think he was to cute. those of you that dont, just think of how long a pair of shoes will last him heehee. i still think he is to cute. but we dont have a truck load of them here. i guess its what you are use to. bye for now.

23rd Jun 2007, 18:04

JokerXL says:

Only one way to get rid of a snail;
blow it's bloody 'ed orf!

(or was that a black country mole?)

23rd Jun 2007, 19:33

did you know people actually pay money for these to decoration and removing algae from there tank? i never would have guessed there were this many there. wow. but sorry i still think they are cute.

24th Jun 2007, 02:06

Dhamaka says:

SFW - shoes?
Joker - you'd need a fairly small gun for that

24th Jun 2007, 02:48

midlife says:

A very patient series of pics

9th Jul 2007, 05:14

Jill says:

The easiest thing is squishing it flat, unless the crunch sound freaks you out. They're a problem in the garden!

29th Feb 2008, 21:39

Snail hater says:

i bloody hate snails you should boil them
or pull there shell off
burn em
get a twig put spiders wens around the twig put the twig on theyre shell then attach them on a spider web
then the spider will eat the snail

23rd May 2008, 17:06

ummmmmmmm says:

whats a snail

3rd Nov 2008, 23:18

Dave says:

There is a website where ladies wearing strappy heels squish snails as a fetish, send them the snails LOL

27th Feb 2009, 15:54

sandwitch says:

How is it environment friendly when your killing something.

23rd Mar 2009, 15:17

its me says:

I heard you could put out grapefruit peels with a little flesh on them. The slugs eat them and die. I haven't tried it yet but citrus acid may be the key.

15th Jul 2009, 09:19

Its me agn says:

Its enviromentally friendly because you are killing your target pest and not all the others, but who knows what the other pest are attracted to all the time and if the methode chosen will kill them too. It's the lessor of two evils, really. Not completely enviromentally friendly, but better than spraying with a harmful chemical. We have to try and get into the hang of going green before we can get it perfect. All advice is considered.

15th Jul 2009, 09:25

brian says:

why kill a snail the guy must be really happy i killed a snail he came back alive so whatever bye wish you luck snails + be carefull

19th Apr 2010, 18:52

brian says:

why kill a snail the guy must be really happy i killed a snail he came back alive so whatever bye wish you luck snails + be carefull

19th Apr 2010, 18:52

brian says:

why kill a snail the guy must be really happy i killed a snail he came back alive so whatever bye wish you luck snails + be carefull

19th Apr 2010, 18:52

Kathy says:

Squishing it under strappy heels? Sounds like a satisfying crunch!

24th Aug 2010, 16:47

bobbbbby says:

I want snail pie

7th Oct 2010, 07:47