of the Killer Snails
They come swooping into your garden like a stampede of mustangs, kicking
up dust, trampling everything in their path! Women and children run
away screaming! Grown men find their knees weaken in terror! As if they
weren’t fearsome enough in singles or in pairs, these dark nightmares
come in entire herds multiplying their damage exponentially. Is there
no one who can stand against the mighty invasion of the snails?
Perhaps “stampede” was a little dramatic, but the rest holds close to
true. Snails tend to multiply quite quickly. You may notice one on one
night, then two on then next. Pretty soon the snails have taken over
However, gardeners do not have to surrender their hard work to the slimy
invaders. There are a number of ways to stop the snail army. The first
way is to put up a defensive wall around the garden. Fortunately, the
snail army has not yet learned how mount an air strike, so they have
to traverse the ground terrain. Apparently if you had a 4-foot long
foot that was covered in a mucosal ooze – which had the unfortunate
side effect of sticking to every piece of litter that you came across,
you would seriously watch where you are going. Snails are the same way.
Grainy dusts like sawdust, coffee grounds and the like tend to discourage
their trespassing trails. And you thought it was inconvenient when toilet
paper stuck to your shoe?
You can also bait the snails, let them think they have the offense and
then carry them all away. Snails love beer and like most frat boys,
will drown in it if you leave a bowl of it in the garden. If you want
to be a bit more humane, lay out some food – like a slice of bread with
peanut butter. After the snails have gorged themselves, come out, pick
them up, and move them elsewhere.
For those who are a bit more offensive n their approach, you can send
in a sneak attack in the middle of the night. When the foot of a 200
pound person is placed on the top of a soft creature weighing less than
an ounce, it has just the effect that you think it would have. The snail
squooshes. Alternatively, if you want to stage a reenactment of the
ending to the Wizard of Oz where the Wicked Witch of the West keeps
screaming, “I’m melting! I’m melting!” then you should know that snails
and saltwater really do not react well to one another. The snails start
screaming “I’m melting! I’m melting!” and water starts screaming, “I’m
slimy! I’m slimy!”
But whether you plan on ending the snail invasion with violence or just
a peaceful protest, hopefully this article gives you some good ideas
on protecting the homeland garden against pesky invaders allowing you
to enjoy the hard work you put into it.
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