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How do I get rid of snails in my vegetable and flower gardens?

Linda, I have tried every control available over the years, including beer traps, diatomaceous earth, homemade traps, and copper. I must admit that I had moderate success with the beer, but it would evaporate each day and got expensive to maintain.  

I am happy to say that I've finally discovered an effective deterrent. It is a product sold by a company named Gardens Alive, and is called Escar-Go. The active ingredient is iron phosphate which causes the slugs to stop feeding and eventually die. Although it is a pesticide, it is organic, and is therefore non-toxic to humans and pets. It also stays active and solid even after a heavy rain. Just sprinkle small amounts around each plant, and reapply every 10 days.

In case you're interested in this product or several available snail traps, click on the attached website and search for Escar-Go. You can then type slugs in their search field for options on traps.  

Two other organic controls are Worry-Free and Sluggo. Both can be purchased at most garden centers or nurseries.  

Finally, tilling the soil in the fall and again in early spring will destroy many of the eggs the have overwintered in the garden. Since I purchased a small tiller and taken this precaution, my snail population has decreased dramatically.  

Regardless of which control you choose, it will take up to 10 days before the snail population subsides.  

I hope this answered your question. Please write again if I can ever be of assistance.  




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Mike Mascio


I have been an avid gardener since 1985 and an AllExpert volunteer since 1998. I specialize in soil preparation, seed starting and plant propagation, flowers, vegetables, and general landscaping. I am a strong advocate of the square foot method of gardening and the use of organic controls for pests and diseases.

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