1. Use a Natural Insect Spray

Use a natural pest control spray, such as the Dr. Earth spray, to repel snails and slugs in the backyard. These products, however, should not be sprayed directly onto plants as they may cause conditions like leaf burns.


How do Pest Control Specialists Get Rid of Snails?

Getting rid of snails typically requires a multi-f

Getting rid of snails typically requires a multi-faceted approach. When you work with Smith’s Pest Management, here’s the method our team will use to get rid of snails:

1. Inspection

To completely resolve your snail infestation, we start with a comprehensive inspection. We’ll look for access points where the snails are entering your home, food sources they may be feasting on, and any other problem areas that need attention.

This crucial step allows us to identify the species and type of snail, while also getting a sense of how extensive the snail infestation is.

2. Treatment

Based on the information we gather during our inspection, we’ll develop a targeted treatment plan for your home. We’ll utilize a variety of methods and control measures to get rid of snails, including:

  • Baiting
  • Trapping
  • Monitoring
  • Exclusion and barrier tactics

3. Follow-Up

To make sure we’ve completely resolved your snail infestation, we provide regular follow-up appointments. We’ll check our treatment methods to make sure they’re still working, and make any adjustments needed.

Questions Answers

Question: I'm seeing slugs at night on my back patio and it hasn't rained for days. I don't have a garden either. Can anyone tell me why I'm seeing these nasty things?

Answer: It is likely that your patio is wet, cold, or because the rain is near. See ways to deal with them from the article.

Question: Does Liquid 7 kill slugs?

Answer: No, Liquid 7 does not kill slugs. See substances that kill snail and slugs in the article.

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12: Gravel, Bark or Wood Chips

Gravel, bark, sharp sand and wood chips create a barrier for snails and slugs. It makes it difficult for the pests to get around and slide over the irregular, sharp surfaces. Adding this to your gardens can help reduce the chance of them being eaten by slugs and snails, and these top coats also look stunning in a garden. Wood chips and bark look great in natural styled gardens, while stone and sand looks amazing in modern style gardens!

Go Snail Hunting

If it feels like you’ve got a never-ending stream of snails coming through your yard, you may be on to something: a single snail can slink into your garden and lay up to 80 tiny eggs at once! 

To protect your garden from potentially hundreds of hungry snails ready to munch on your plants, grabbing individual snails and moving their family reunion elsewhere may be the right strategy to keep your garden thriving. To make the most out of the hand-picking work, aim to catch snails in the mornings or evenings when they’re most active. It may seem laborious, but hunting them down yourself may be the most direct approach to getting rid of snails in your yard. 

4. Employ Biological Methods (Predators)

One of the best, most natural biological methods is the use of predators.

For example, you can introduce chickens, geese, and ducks in your garden to feed on them. Other creatures that help are tortoises, turtles, frogs, toads, snakes, newts, salamanders, hedgehogs, beetles, nematodes, and birds.

You can also use predatory snails. These snails are attractive and do not carry parasites. You can introduce them in your garden; though in this case, you should not use other control methods, such as baits, traps, and pesticides.

If you want to get rid of gastropods in a fish pond, you can introduce a scavenging fish. Some recommended fish include loaches, catfish, and putterfish. These predators also feed on the pests, eliminating the menace completely.

Predator Slug

By La.Catholique on Flickr [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia

How do I keep snails off my potted plants?

You can protect your planters by using the techniq
You can protect your planters by using the techniques outlined on this page.

There are so many methods to keep snails off your plants that it’ll take all day to list them all.

You can use a combination of many of the techniques listed here.

For starters, use a rough and coarse substrate that you can place around your planters. Make a ring of sand, sandpaper, diatomaceous earth, eggshells, cinder, or any other pokey material.

You’re building a barrier to keep them away because they’ll avoid crawling over any coarse substance.

This will make it hard for snails to get to your plants.

After that, place another ring around the stem of the plat in the actual container. This means adding some to the soil and circumference of the flower pot.

You can also use a DIY snail killer like vinegar to spray them when you come across one.

And lastly, use manual removal to pick them off to reduce their numbers.

If you don’t want to work so much to keep the snails off, commander attracting natural predators to your yard that eat snails.

All of this is covered in earlier sections. Refer to them for specifics on how to do each part.

8. Sprinkle coffee grounds

You may already spread coffee grounds in your garden to add nutrients to the soil. Another benefit of sprinkling coffee grounds around your plants is that they help keep slugs and snails out of your garden.

How Snails Survive On Your Land

Brown garden snails thrive in moist environments that are safely hidden from the heat of the sun. Most active during foggy, cloudy, or rainy days when it’s damp, these snail scoundrels will feed on a wide variety of living plants and decaying plant matter – such as young tree bark, ripe or ripening fruit crops, or young tree or plant leaves.

Other common plants snails consume include:

  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Hosta
  • Lettuce
  • Marigolds
  • Various vegetable plants

When feeding on plants, snails opt for seedlings, succulents, turfgrass, or herbs. As they munch on your foliage, they scrape their rasp-like tongues along the smooth edges of plant leaves and succulent arms, causing irregular-shaped holes and chips across the outermost surface area. Thankfully, most snails won’t be able to eat enough of your plants to kill them before you notice, so the damage they cause on your ornamentals is mostly an aesthetic issue.

Snails also go after many different types of ripe or ripening fruits – such as strawberries, tomatoes, and citrus fruits (feeding on both the fruit and bark of citrus trees). When snacking on fruits, they chew out circular-shaped areas on the rind – making the fruit appear unappetizing and blemished. Snails can be extremely damaging when nesting and reproducing in citrus fruit orchards, as citrus farmers utilize irrigation methods that create the perfect, moist environment for snails to prosper.

Things You’ll Need

Removing Land Snails

  • Small container
  • Beer
  • Bucket
  • Old flower pot (optional)
  • Cold coffee
  • Spray bottle
  • Iron phosphate bait (optional)
  • Molluscicide containing ferric sodium EDTA (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of vegetable oil
  • 1 litre (4.2  c) of water
  • 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of liquid soap
  • Chicken (optional)
  • Native plants (optional)
  • Rock garden (optional)

Discouraging Snail Activity

  • Watering can
  • Drip irrigation system (optional)
  • Soak hose (optional)
  • Egg shells, diatomaceous earth, gravel, wood ash, or cedar shavings
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Copper tape, copper wire, or pennies
  • Plants

Keeping Your Aquarium Snail-Free

  • Bucket
  • 1:19 bleach-water solution
  • Fish net
  • Temporary fish tank
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Siphon (optional)
  • Gravel
  • Substrate
  • Predatory fish or snail (optional)
  • Snail trap (optional)
  • Copper sulfate (optional)

6. Get rescue chickens

Backyard chickens are great for your garden. They provide manure for composting, lay eggs for food, turn the soil, and help control unwanted garden pests and insects. Snails, slugs, and their eggs are included in the garden pests that chickens love to dine on, which means adding a chicken coop to your yard might be the perfect solution to your snail problem. You can always purchase chicks at a local feed store, but you will get more karma points for adopting rescue chickens that need a good home.

If you live in a more rural area and have the space, geese or ducks are also options.

14: Homemade Snail Repellent

Some gardeners swear by homemade snail and slug repellents. This are made by mixing garlic or coffee grounds into water in a spray bottle. Spray down your plants with this mixture, as well as the ground around the plants to deter slugs and snails. If you want to naturally deter your slugs and snails, without killing them, don’t spray directly at them.

3 Ways to Get Rid of Snails

 1. Beer Traps

I developed this particular trap to make it easy t I developed this particular trap to make it easy to get rid of the snails after they drown in beer. In the evening, dig a hole outside in your vegetabIn the evening, dig a hole outside in your vegetable or flower garden, near your plants. Place the cup inside the hole. Make it level with the ground so the snails don’t have to climb far. Using scissors, carefully poke 4 drainage holes in Using scissors, carefully poke 4 drainage holes in the bottom of the remaining cup.  Poke two more holes near the top, just under the lip, for the pencil to go through. This will ensure a gap between the cups so you can easily remove the top one to dispose of the snails the next morning. Place the cup with the holes and pencil inside the

Place the cup with the holes and pencil inside the cup buried in the ground. Pour the whole can of beer inside the cup, leaving about an inch of headspace. This forces the snails to climb down into the cup, where they will drown in the beer.

We put a few of our snails near the cup, and they We put a few of our snails near the cup, and they were immediately drawn to the beer!He started in on his own.He started in on his own.And down he went for a drink.And down he went for a drink.We caught 5 snails the first night!  To empty the We caught 5 snails the first night!  To empty the dead snails, just pull the inner cup out and the beer will drain out the holes.  Dispose of the snails and gently push the pencil cup back into the inner cup, and the beer will fill back into that inner cup.

This method is easy, it uses only a few items, and I saw results literally overnight. The beer will last up to a week, but after being in the heat all day, I prefer to change it every other night.

Don’t Want to Buy Beer?

The yeast is what lures the snails to the cup to take a drink.  If you don’t want to buy beer because you don’t drink or you just want to save some money, you can make your own yeast mixture with a few pantry staples!

DIY Yeast Snail Bait

  • 1 Tbsp of flour
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of yeast
  • 2 cups of water

Click HERE for printable Beer Trap instructions!

How to dispose of snails

If you manually remove snails or spray them with a DIY snail killer, you’ll want to remove them from the plant.

If you don’t, they’ll attract other bugs that come to eat them.

You can pick them up and toss them into a bucket filled with soapy water to kill them.

After a few minutes, pour the snails into a garbage bag and drain out the excess water to prevent any scent.

Then dispose of the bag of snails into your regular garbage receptacle outdoors.

How to get rid of slugs in the garden? Use plants!

Plants that repel the pests are the best way to get rid of slugs in garden. If you grow ecological vegetables in your garden – consider adding the following plants:

  • garlic,
  • onions,
  • mustard,
  • marjoram,
  • savory.

How about flowerbeds? Are you wondering if you can protect them from slugs naturally as well? Of course! Many different plants can enrich the flower border and protect it from pests. They are, for instance:

  • chamomile,
  • yarrow,
  • thyme,
  • sage,
  • wormwood.

Some of them are beneficial for health, so you can use them in different ways. For example, chamomile and wormwood are good stomach remedies, while sage has anti-inflammatory properties and it can be used for acne-prone skin.

It is recommended to plant slug repellent plants on the extreme edges of beds. This way, the pests will be discouraged from further penetration of the area.



What do snails eat?

Snails eat just about everything: from seedlings and the tender new growth of ornamental plants to rotting compost. In the vegetable plot they’ll make a raid on large, leafy greens, tender herbs and ripening soft fruits such as strawberries. Some will even eat other animals such as worms.

How too kill slugs – a slug beer trap

Perhaps you have heard that slugs and snails are real beer afficionados. They love its sweet taste and the smell spreading around. If you are wondering how to get rid of slugs effectively, consider making a slug beer trap. It is not too complicated to create, so you will surely succeed. Keep in mind, though, that it’s not the most humane method, as you simply drown the creatures. But if you have a real plague in your garden – anything goes, just like in a war.

Preparing a slug beer trap involves just a few steps:

  • Choose a medium-sized plastic container, where the caught-in-the-act slugs will end up.
  • Dig a hole in the ground, large enough to fit your container. It should poke about 1 cm above the ground.
  • Pour some beer into the container – 150-200 ml is well enough but the more you pour, the faster slugs will smell it and fall into the trap.

That’s really all you have to do. Make sure to empty the bucket from time to time and pour some fresh beer to lure more pests.



📍 Slugs in the garden – how to get rid of them?

You can use chemical products or home remedies to get rid of slugs in the garden. For a store-bought slug repellent, just go to a store where a specialist will tell you what to pick. If you want to use a homemade method, try baking soda, coffee or cinnamon. A beer trap is also a good slug killer.

📍 What do slugs do in the garden?

Slugs and snails in the garden usually appear when they search for food or shelter during hot and sunny days. You can also expect them if your garden is very humid and full of bushes and plant hideouts.

📍 What is a good slug repellent?

Slugs are repelled by various plants and herbs. Sage, chamomile, yarrow and wormwood are the most effective ones. You can also plant garlic or onions among vegetables to discourage the pests from exploring the area. Coffee grounds, cinnamon and soda spread on the ground are also good slug repellents.

📍 What do slugs eat in the garden?

Garden snails and slugs eat plants. There’s no problem if they choose some organic leftovers or dead parts of plants. Unfortunately, they also tend to eat healthy plants and flowers – that’s an issue. Snails without shell, that is, slugs are the biggest threat, as they are pests that eat plant roots as well.

Dorota Czerwińska                   Author


Dorota Czerwińska Author Dorota is an economist by profession, but her biggest hobby is photography and interior design. In Treehouse since the beginning of 2019. Contact: dorota@treehouse.co


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