Snail traps: Useful or not?

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Snails hit at night and in the morning, every hobby gardener grabs the cold horror, when he sees the remains of the feeding day and vegetables and plants are eaten to the smallest stalk remains bald. Of the snails themselves you can only see traces of mucus. Those who do not want to scatter slug pellets can decimate the animals using snails or lure them away from the bed.

This is how snail traps work

Snail traps are intended for slugs, which in most models fall into a collection container from which they can no longer get out. Either they then fall into the trap or are collected.

SnailX snail trap

Deadly snail traps are often placed directly in the bed between the plants, while live traps are placed in the shade a bit off the beaten track to lure the snails away from the treats in the bed. The snails find the trap using attractants that are more attractive to the animals than a bed of lettuce or delicate plant stalks. In addition to attractants from the trade have proven themselves:

  • Vegetable remains such as cucumber and potato peels
  • overripe fruit or sliced ​​peppers
  • 40 grams of malt and a liter of water
  • normal beer, which has the best attraction

Also snail grain has a attraction. There are snails traps in the trade, which are in addition to the attractant still equipped with slug pellets - the safe end for each snail. Little enough slug grain is enough. The snails gnaw on it and rarely eat whole grains at once.
All snail traps are most effective in the spring, when the snails still find little alternative food and fall on the bait.

Gentle snail trap: Artificial chill-out zones

Snails love damp, dark places as hiding places. From there they crawl off at night and rest when it gets warm and dry during the day. Provide the snails with artificial resting areas and collect them comfortably and in large numbers during the day: Lay strawberries, lettuce leaves or potato peels on the floor and put on a board, overturned clay pots or dark foil over them. During the day you can lift the board and collect the snails.

Nudibranchs under a wooden board

In dark, damp places, snails feel particularly well. These can be artificially created, for example, with a wooden board

This works especially well if there are no plants in the bed. So do not plant the lettuce and worry about fighting the snail once the leaves have been eroded. The attractiveness of this snail trap is limited, so it usually hide only snails from their own garden underneath. Tip: water in the early morning. Otherwise, you will miss the hungry snails a perfect slide to the bed.

Snail trap with slug pellets and attractant

Who counts on the effect of slug pellets, but does not want to scatter it openly, a snail trap builds itself: Put some glue in a bottle cap, add some grains of snail grain and let the glue dry. What does not stick, you strip off. The bottle cap is stuck on the inside of a flat styrofoam bowl or a plastic flowerpot and cuts into two small entry holes. The attractant is a sponge soaked in beer or a small bowl of beer. Advantage: You do not need much slug pellets and protected housing screws do not get into it.

Beer as a snail trap

Beer for snails? Do not worry, you do not have to spend the slugs - they love old, stale beer, that no one else tastes. And that attracts snails magically - even those from the neighboring gardens. It is therefore best to set snails on the edge of the plot, so that neighboring snails do not even come into the garden - and not into a bed, which is easily accessible to snails, next to the vegetables. Beer traps work best in beds or greenhouses closed with screw fences, where no replenishment is to be feared.

Snail trap with beer

Beer in the snail trap is an ideal lure

The principle is very simple: dig a small vessel into the ground so that its edge just above the surface of the earth. Perfect are plastic cups, cucumber glasses or other vessels with steep, smooth walls. Fill up to half beer - finished the snail trap. The snails crawl, fall into the beer - and drown. Every two to three days you should empty the trap and renew the beer. It is best to put a bucket with a small manhole over the trap so that the container does not overflow when it rains.

DIY: live trap with beer

Those who prefer the extreme attraction of beer but do not want to kill snails can catch them in empty plastic bottles and put them somewhere. Cut the bottles at the top third and put the piece in the bottom of the bottle, opening first.Fill some beer and put the bottles between the plants. The snails crawl in but can not get out.

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