How to Get Rid of snails in the Garden

How to Get Rid of Snails from Your Garden

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Here is how to get rid of snails in the garden in a few days. I know snail infestation is not a big deal for most people, but if the infestation is big.

Then know that your vegetable garden is at risk of being eaten by them if you sit down and do nothing about it.

They normally eat debris worms, dead plants, leaves, and calcium in dead worms.

But they also feast on peas, carrots, cucumber, spinach, kale, broccoli, lettuce, and other vegetables that you have made a good effort to grow.

Here I will give you ten DIY hacks to kill them all and stop them from coming to your garden in the future. So here we go. 

1. Prepare a Beer Trap

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A beer trap is super effective as those nails love the smell of beer. Just fill a dish with beer and leave it in the garden near their infestation. 

They will get lured to the beer and drown there as they can not climb the slippy mountain. But replace the beer twice a week if your infestation is big and continue this for two weeks to kill them all.

2. Crash Some Eggshell


As you know those snails have very soft bodies, and they can not tolerate sharp eggshells. Just crash some eggshells and sprinkle them all over their infestation. They will die as the eggshells will work as blades and cut them through.

Plus the eggshell will help the soil and your plant to grow faster. So it is a win-win situation.

3. Place Copper Wire around the Pots

copper wire

Snails get a mild shock if they touch a copper wire or even come close to it. So cover your pot base, garden beds, and other plant areas with some copper wire.

You can get it from your old electrical wires that are in use. You will see that a few nails are dead, and most of them are leaving. But the work is a tedious process and will take good effort to complete. 

Yes, it is a permanent solution as copper will not fade away with time, but a little corrosion may happen. You do not need to worry about the corrosion. Try it now and let me know how things are going.

4. Lay Coffee Grounds

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The caffeine in the coffee acts as a natural deterrent, and snails do not love that. They will avoid those areas where you have spread some coffee grounds. 

So sprinkle the coffee on their infested plants, on the ground, and all over the garden if possible. Plus the coffee will also help enrich the soil. You will win in both cases.

5. Kill them with Diatomaceous Earth Powder

pest killer powder
Jen on Flickr

Diatomaceous earth powder is harmless to humans but can kill snails and all kinds of pests living in your garden. The powder has sharp edges that can cut the snail’s body as it is made from fossilized algae.

Plus if they eat the powder, it will kill them internally by destroying their digestive system. So the power is a killer and you should use it only if you have a big infestation. 

Because it may also harm plants if used in large quantities. Be a bit careful.

6. Spray Garlic All Over the Garden

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Do not worry this one will not harm your plants. Those snails do not like garlic or any other pests. They will avoid those areas as the garlic has a strong scent that they hate.

Just spray the garlic pest mixed with water on those infested plants and you will see the results. Do it twice a week for a few weeks for the best results.

7. Handpick Them One By One


I should not advise it after all those killing ideas, but it may work if you have a few snails roaming around who are yet to make the infestation. Do not let them, handpick them one by one and throw them away.

That way you do not need to use any spray or worry about future infestation. Every time you see a snail, pick up and throw it. That’s all.

8. Lay Some Nutshells

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Nutshell works similarly to eggshells and will cut them through their body. Just smash a few nutshells and spread them across the garden, and you will see they are all dead in a few days.

The nuts can be anything from normal regular peanuts to walnuts or any other nuts you have. All of the nuts will work just fine.

9. Spray Vinegar

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Vinegar is a powerful snail repellent. Mix the vinegar with water and spray near the infestation, But be careful if you use too much vinegar then it may burn the plants. 

So mix more water and less vinegar and spray. The strong scent will repel them for sure.

10. Buy Nematodes

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You may not know this one. It is a microscopic organism that hunts snails. Some professional gardens used them.

Just buy them in the form of a liquid and spray and they will eat those snails. I am not a big fan of this, but it works. I prefer the above ideas.

My Recommendations

Get one of these snail repellents and save your garden.

Last Words

So this is how to get rid of snails in the garden and save your vegetables. But you must clean the debris once a week so that they do not have an area to hide. Kill them but ensure you do not harm your plants. Okay! Good luck.

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