Itty bitty snails

SchnooMomOctober 15, 2005

I have little tiny snails (with almost a transparent shell) all over the place-in my lawn, my beds, and today I even saw them on my front rails in full sun. What are these and should I worry about them?

I need a relatively dog safe way to get rid of them if there is any. Are they as bad as slugs?

Still a new gardener--only my 2nd fall having a yard and garden.

Thanks.

Natalie

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nancedar(z7NC)

Your itty bitty snails are probably itty bitty babies. They can do a lot of damage to plants and evidently mom thought you had just the right environment for them to live in and they are thriving, just like she wanted them to.

I would suggest you buy some "Escar-Go" or "Sluggo" which are non-toxic organic snail baits (iron phosphate based broadcast spread at 1# per 1,000 sq.ft. with two or three applications needed).

Even a small amount of the normal toxic snail baits would make your dog very sick should he/she be curious enough to taste it, but the organic baits would not and are not appealing to dogs anyway.

If you are a new gardener, my humble opinion is that although there are lots of easily obtainable chemicals for deterring critters, there are many organic and non-toxic products that are so much better for the environment and ultimately you. There are also a lot of home remedies that are just as effective at very little cost, an example of which is to use straight vinegar sprayed on weeds in the cracks between bricks, and a mixture of 1 T. baking soda in a gallon of water to spray on black spot and mildew, or sprinkling baking powder on curcubits (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) to deter cuke beetles, sprinkling cinnamon at your doorways to deter ants from entering. The list goes on... The info is out there, it just isn't publicized because there is no profit in organic controls you can make up yourselves at home.

Nancy

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