How to Get Rid of Snails
Snails are common in garden areas, but can potentially damage crops and vegetables. They are primarily nocturnal and prefer moist habitats. Their numbers peak in the warmer seasons and decrease dramatically during the winter.
Snails may aggregate in crawlspaces, retaining walls, cellars, beneath rain catchers, and any other area favoring damp conditions. Excessive populations can be maintained by employing the use of various natural products, including diatomaceous earth and bait pellets containing metaldehyde. Diatomaceous earth products are composed of crumbled rock and may be applied in areas with high activity (including garden areas) – this makes the ground surrounding the afflicted area hazardous to the snail’s soft and slimy body. Salt can also be used, but it poses a toxicity risk to neighboring plant life. Bird feeders may be posted to supplement treatments, as a population increase of birds means a population decrease of snails. Using the above methods is best practice to avoid using poisons. Likewise, if you have any problems with slugs, they are dealt with using the exact same methods.
Snails are primarily herbivorous, feeding on crops, eating fungus, and decaying plant matter close by. They possess specialized serrated tongues that allow them to cut food into smaller digestible pieces.