Natural Snail Control Basics
How to Control Snails Organically
Most problems with snails can be explained by the law of cause and effect. The
snail problem that many gardeners encounter is a reaction and not a cause. Snail
infestation occurs when the soil is no longer alive because the organisms within it have
been killed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides or thru otherwise bad soil care. The
continued use of snail killer year after year destroys the soil and upsets the balance.
This is the cause. Dead soil will not support life, therefore the delicate balance which
nature maintains has been up set. It is this balance that protects all living beings on
our planet. Deal with the cause and the effect will disappear. Here are some steps you can
take to control snails on your property.
Step 1: Dealing with Snails
Whenever there is an infestation of any one pest, the balance of nature has been
upset. Anything not naturally found in nature contributes to this imbalance, including
chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, weed killers, snail killers or any other
poison and/or synthetic toxin. If you have been using any form of chemical snail control
year after year to keep snails away from your flowers, vegetables, etc., the first and
most important step is to stop using any form of chemical snail bait whatsoever. Another
reason to stop using snail poison is that it also kills birds and other friendly critters
that you may like having around your home1*(see below). They are here for the snails too. If you want
to deal with snails effectively, you will succeed only if you understand that chemical
fertilizers are as bad for your soil's health as pesticides are bad for your health. You
must be willing to commit yourself to growing without chemicals of any kind. Because your
plants need a period of transition, start by reducing your chemical use by half during the
first 3 months, then completely stop the chemical use after that period.
1*..Dogs have been known to eat this stuff and die from it!
March 8, 2013