A snail hotel..?

Garden snail - Garden snail
South Africa
January 2, 2007 4:00pm CST
Well let me share a tip with you for dealing wuth snails in your garden, its called the "snail hotel". This tip is especially valuable if you have a garden and toddlers or pets (esp. dogs/cats). I found it to be extremely difficult to get rid of snails in my garden, because I prefer not to use the poisonous pellets that you can buy as these could be extremely dangerous for toddlers and pets. A colleagues of mine gave me this brilliant idea: You take a rectangular plastic container that can be sealed with a lid, and you cut out a opening on one side, the "door of the hotel". Inside the containiner you place a handful of the poisenous pellets and you place the "hotel" in a strategic postion in your garden. Ofcourse you can make more than one, if so required. The snails book in to this hotel VERY regularly, but they never never leave the hotel ever again. Haha! Easy solution! After a few weeks, you can easily clean the container and reinstall. The pets will now be safe!
5 responses
• United States
4 Jan 07
Thanks for the tip! I have tons of snails in my yard/garden and my kids hate to see me "dispose" of them. They think they are all "Gary from Spongebob". Now I can just say we are making a place for them to "sleep for the night"
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• South Africa
5 Jan 07
I am glad I could help! You can even try to give the hotel a name...hehehe, one can become very creative with these kinds of situations...
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
2 Jan 07
I use old ice cream containers for the same thing. If is really good.
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• South Africa
2 Jan 07
Ah so its old news? Damn I thought I had something new here!
• United States
3 Jan 07
yes they have then for ants to we have fire ants here and when they bite you you swell up and the poison comes in packages the ants have to crawl into to get the poison and it's too big for pets or children to eat.
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• Canada
2 Jan 07
You know, that's a very interesting idea. While it's not spring yet, and I don't know if I'll have a snail problem when I start my garden, it's good to know. Thanks for the info.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
7 Jan 07
This is a really great idea! I'm always worried about animals- my cat is an indoor cat, but we have some dogs and cats that wander around, not to mention kids who might lose a toy in the bushes...I'll try this in the spring.