What to do w/slugs and snails after removing from plants

melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)May 4, 2008

If you hand pick slugs and snails from your garden, what do you do with their bodies? I don't squash them because the smell really bothers me. I drop them into a bucket of water but they don't die very quickly.

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debbysunshine(san diego)

For years after the newspaper comes in the morning I put i some table salt and rop the snails and slugs in, they die and than you just throw away the sack or keep it for the next few times, no odor or mess. It's amazing how few snails we have since doing it this way but still every morning after the mist the snails come out and I get them. If you smash a snail ants come and you really have a mess.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 1:10PM
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andrea_san_diego(z10 So Cal)

I get good exercise by seeing how far I can throw the smails into the street and the crack of their shells hitting the pavement is music to my ears.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 1:16PM
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dante_2006(9)

"I get good exercise by seeing how far I can throw the smails into the street and the crack of their shells hitting the pavement is music to my ears."

LOL, I do exactly the same thing. I get this image of the snails trying to cross the road without getting run over, kinda like the old video game Frogger.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 2:13PM
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thegardenpages

I throw them too! In the back yard I throw them into the middle of the lawn and watch the birds dive bomb them. It's very satisfying!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 4:19PM
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gobluedjm

I smash them and throw up on the slope for the ants to go up there.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 4:38PM
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fruithack

Feed 'em to the chickens.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 7:29PM
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fouquieria(10b)

I get good exercise by seeing how far I can throw the smails into the street and the crack of their shells hitting the pavement is music to my ears.

A number of years back I had a really bad infestation. I live on a cul-de-sac, and they would come out in the hundreds after a winter rain. After the rain or sprinkling would subside, I'd go out and throw them as high in the sky that I could and then they would splat on the street. I did this repeatedly for two winters. Since then, I rarely see them...especially the big ones. I still go out after it rains but not many anymore.

-Ron-

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 7:43PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

They'll die if you put a bit of dish washing soap in your water.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 8:22PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

We give them that last wild ride, and throw them up high so that they land in the street. If the birds are on their toes, they'll get them while they're fresh. If not the sun and the tires make them simply disappear.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 11:33PM
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bluekitobsessed

I've been tossing them into the street but now that I have chickens I think I'm seeing less snail damage -- hadn't associated it until I read this post. :)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 11:42PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

Lately I've actually been thinking I would really enjoy a larger property (for gardening) that is zoned for farm animals. Get a few chickens, a few pygmy goats... I will tell DH that chickens eat snails so he will finally change his mind ;-)

For those of you who toss snails into the street: aren't you worried this will gross out your neighbors OR the snails will survive and make it back? I did see a crow eating one I tossed, once, but I figured it was due to luck that the crow found it. Maybe I'm not giving the birds enough credit (crows are the predominant bird in our neighborhood).

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 9:04AM
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CA Kate

I toss the snails too. When we lived in the city I also collected the snails and slugs early in the morning and put them in that morning's newspaper bag, then out into the garbage bin. After a short time that population diminished dramatically.

But, on another note, I also toss the BIG caterpillars that are ravaging the tomatoes. Once there was a commotion on the drive where I had thrown the caterpillar . Two birds had hold of one end each and were having a tug-of-war with the poor worm. I quickly tossed another caterpillar and that ended the quarrel.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:06AM
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deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)

I use Sluggo as first line of defense, BUT:
in the front yard, if I find them early in the morning, yep, it's the street toss. Unlike others who have posted though, I don't throw them high, I like to throw them low and a long distance.
In the back yard, at night, it's over my neighbor's fence (don't like him much). Or if I'm feeling frisky, I like to chuck them so they land on the roof.
For instant vaporization, take 2 2x4s, collect your snails, place on one board (their ponderous nature doesn't allow them to escape...they think they're at a snail convention), take other board, place on one end of board containing snails and bring flat so snails become mush. I used to do this when I hunted snails late at night after my swing-shift job. At 1 am in the morning it would be deathly silent, then I would bring the 2 boards together, "CRACK".

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 1:32PM
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angelcub(Sunset 3b)

We don't have any - too dry. But I recently brought one home from a nursery that was not in my area. The little slime ball got on the back seat of my Tacoma and left some clear ooze. You can bet he ended up oozing even more under the my weight of my sneaker. ; )

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 3:05PM
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youreit

We don't have snails here, either, other than the occasional hitchhiker on a nursery plant. But we have plenty of slugs. I like to snip them with a pair of old scissors saved solely for the purpose....since I prefer not to touch them. :D

Brenda

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 7:55AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I'm happy to see that I have a lot snail-tossing company. Mine are pitched over the fence into the alley or, if I'm in a mood, bounced off the roof of the neighbors' garage into the alley.

I do think I need to take more extreme measures; tonight the cheap beer goes out in those little cat food containers that I have been saving.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 2:19PM
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napapen(ca 15)

Put your little foot, put your little foot, down and stomp!
They can crawl back when their shells heal so I don't take a chance. Slugs I put under something before i stomp!

Penny

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 2:35PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

To quote from Butch Cassidy and Sundance, "The fall will probably kill you.", which is why I tend to throw them high. Our street is wide, the sun is hot, and the birds are keen-eyed.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 1:20AM
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slave2thefur(san diego - north coast)

Snails are easy to pick and crunch, but I use long bladed scissors on my morning / evening plant checks. Now I don't have to pick them up or damage the plant when I reach - just a quick snip dispatches it. =^,,^=

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 9:46AM
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beach_babies

HA! i love this thread, altho it's a little disconcerting how much joy we all seem to get at killing these slimy guys.

i have a gardening trowel (i call it The Death Stick) and i use it to slice the slugs clear in half. then i toss them into my compost so at least they can give a little back to the earth.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 12:14AM
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ironorchid

street tosser here, but my DH's email name is "Snailcrusher". We go for romantic evening walks in the neighborhood, and if he finds a sidewalk snail convention on the way, i have to stand there and hear "crunch/pop, crunch....." till everyone is dispatched. he finds the sound and texture under his shoe very satisfying. i can't imagine what the homeowner thinks the next morning when he/she finds the brown smears all over the sidewalk. interestingly, if you crush one near a suspected infestation, the little cannibals will come out and dine on their brother within hours. hubby likes to bait an area that way for future enjoyment. Mo

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 2:16PM
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ltecato(9)

I was wondering, does anyone know if the big brown snails that I see all over the L.A. area are escaped escargot? Someone told me that they had been brought to the country by fans of French cuisine. He said that some people even raise them to sell to restaurants, buying special snail chow for them, etc.

By the way, I've seen these guys feasting on discarded candy or the residue on candy wrappers a couple of times.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 4:34PM
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caflowerluver

The quail get most of them here, though we did have a big population explosion this winter. I tried to get my dog interested in eating them, maybe if I cooked them in garlic and butter she would have, but she just gives them a lick and ignores them. I toss them out in the very dry field and hope they get lots of dry leaves razor cuts or the birds eat them. Too far to go to the road.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 8:45PM
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ironorchid

the brown garden snails are the non-native snails used for escargot. i remember a post on the "frugal gardening" post a while ago as to how a gardener can prepare and cook their own catch, and i bet you can google the subject if you want to try to clean/cook the ones in your garden. Mo

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 6:00PM
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piranha338(8/9)

I have a koi pond in my backyard along with some nasty invasive plants(that the snails absolutely LOVE). sometimes I go out hunting after the rains/sprinklers and collect snails in a freezer bag. Then it's feeding time for my koi and turtles! The turtles literally fight over the snails and crunch right through their shells. The koi act more like "Jaws." They prefer to find a snail, swim below it then SLURP! They suck the slimy critters right out of their shells. Sometimes if it's too big, they thrash their head back and forth like a shark ripping apart it's prey. Whenever we have guests, I go snail hunting to show them the neat show :-)
Brian
P.S. I couldn't agree more with Beach Babies: "HA! i love this thread, altho it's a little disconcerting how much joy we all seem to get at killing these slimy guys."

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 1:01PM
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cynthia_h

I smash snails back into the ground--MY ground--from which they stole the nutrients to build those striped shells. When we lived in Berkeley (1981-1997), I also had to deal with slugs, which I also smashed back into the ground, either with my foot (well, the shoe on my foot) or my trowel or other blunt object.

I have also collected snails and taken them to people who have pet ducks. Ducks are absolutely terrific snail-eaters!

Cynthia H.
El Cerrito, CA

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 1:19AM
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country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)

I vacillate between street tossing and plastic bagging them. I picked up 30 Wednesday morning! and at least 25 of them were the big ones!! really surprised me because I had been picking them earlier in the spring also. I had showered on several areas of the yard last weekend so maybe they were drawn to the moisture.

Cynthia, I also live in El Cerrito on Scott St!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 11:00PM
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shoeprints

ironorchid, does your hubby have favorite footwear for his snail squashing?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 4:34PM
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ironorchid

shoeprints, unfortunately DH wears his everyday sneakers, even for snail squishing. the shoes stay outside till he cleans them in the morning...i guess its better than if he did it barefoot. Mo

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 8:28PM
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cpicard71_hotmail_com

Send them to me, I'll pay for them... I am married to a frenchie who is dying for some snails on the cheap.. email me if you are serious and are willing to ship them overnite to me. we can talk.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 10:56PM
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shoeprints

ironorchid,
I have a couple pair I use most often depending on the results I want, although I won't pass by a slug if I don't have on a fav. If either you or the husband want to talk more about this please email me.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2008 at 3:14AM
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slo_garden(9 CA Coast)

Opossoms love snails! I have some plants by my windows that have lots of snails, and the opossoms come out at night and feast. I hear them "talking" to each other and snacking. It sounds like a social get together at the local Starbucks sometimes. I don't know how you can "attract" opossoms to eat your snails, however.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2008 at 12:15PM
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PoorOwner(Northern CA)

:D

    Bookmark   June 16, 2008 at 12:52PM
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peachiekean(z10A CA)

When I have time, I like to go out with my little spray bottle of ammonia (half water/half ammonia). Spray them once with a stream and they fizzle. Then I water them in. Best to find those snail eggs but who has that kind of time? My dad used to make a tobacco juice concoction with his old Phillip Morris butts and spray them with that.
Mary

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 8:25PM
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m_lap

pretty debased to derive pleasure from cruelty. Jesus

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 1:41AM
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scarlett2001

The first time I ever tried to get rid of snails, well, I was young and idealistic and didn't want to cause pain to any creature, so I gathered them up in a garbage bag and took it to a local park at night. I set the bag down on the grass, opened it a bit and took off. However, one backward look gave me a horrifying sight: a homeless lady was eagerly going to retreive the bag, perhaps hoping for a nice dinner.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 2:51AM
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egnilk66(9 - Southern California)

I throw them in the street for the crows to eat.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 12:50PM
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