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29 March 2002 @ 04:30 pm
I am an evil slaughterer of snails. I got tired of them eating my basil and scattered slug bait around the plants yesterday. This morning, there are 13 dead snails in drifts around the two basil plants. I feel guilty despite aforementioned eating.

I'm leaving them in place in the vague hope that dead snail bodies will discourage others from coming close enough to be poisoned.
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Lauratavella on March 29th, 2002 04:41 pm (UTC)
Little bastards. I don't want to kill them, I don't mind them eating the big ornamental plants, but I want my fresh basil!
Jen Davis-Wilsonjendaviswilson on March 29th, 2002 05:38 pm (UTC)
Snail deterrents
I'm envisioning various methods of non-lethal snail deterrents...

A salt moat--salt sprinkled on plastic around the plants (with care not to salt the soil).
A mesh fence with holes just smaller than a snail shell--maybe snails can't climb mesh.
A sign in snail-ish saying "Yummy snail food this way ->" pointing away from the plants
A rotating, flaming sword.

Say, does basil go with escargo? :-)

Lauratavella on March 30th, 2002 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Snail deterrents
Salt might work, but if it washes into the soil it's as bad for the plants as the snails. Mesh might work if I covered the top and dug the edge in a bit. But now I'm feeling eeeevil. Ghengis Tavella!