Although it is becoming more and more difficult with the climate change that we are suffering, knowing what time of year we are in and when in the middle of autumn and almost a month before winter, until now it seemed like a summer, with hot temperatures and a lot of sun, it seems that it is beginning to make the day that corresponds to your season of the year. And like a good autumn, the cool begins some cold, cloudy days and the rains. And this is where one of the biggest problems for those who have a garden will appear. And not only them, also for any plant and/or flowers. And if we put ourselves, we say that now is the worst season because the rains appear more frequently and consequently, more snails will appear. But it is also true that snails and snails can be found throughout the year (even in summer).

The snails, little snails or even the slugs are not to be taken as a joke. Moreover, if no solution is put, the plants are checked, the garden is looked at and cleaned, you can get a real scare when you see the destroyed plants. In a few days, they can eat your plants and leaves and leave them almost dead.

Instructions

  1. Of course, there are countless products on the market that are used to eliminate this type of pests or to prevent them and don’t worry, because we will also comment on some things about it. But above all, we are going to emphasize the remedies that are homemade, that anyone can do in their garden, in their patio, in the orchard or even in the pots that you can have on the balcony.
  2. It does not matter how big the space is, although obviously, the more space, the more work to have everything under control. That is why it is very important to take a look every few days and check that there are no snails. In case it has rained or sparked, always go out the next day to take a look and make sure there are no snails, snails or slugs, because that is when they come out to eat everything.
  3. In homes there is infinity of food that we waste or that we throw away thinking that it is no longer useful for anything and that it is consumed almost daily and we do not even realize it. Therefore, you have to take into account this type of food that can save you not only a lot of trouble against these little animals, but also (and much more importantly) money.
  4. The egg. Egg shells are one of the best homemade tricks you can use. And it’s not a joke. It is used by most gardeners and farmers to protect their crops and plants.  Obviously, it will not cost you money. When you use to cook an egg, do not throw the shell away. You keep it and beforehand, you wash it. That there is not a trace of yolk or white. This is very important to do and wash it well. The reason? If you throw the eggshell directly on the ground, like this, dirty with white and/or yolk, the plants can end up full of bacteria, fungi, ants, etc. That is, in the end you are trying to protect them from an animal and you are going to kill it for another reason.
  5. Also do not forget to place them in the sun and let them dry. If you are lazy, reserve it in an open box or on some paper and place it already washed in the sun. You keep the shells and when you have several, you start with the protection of the plants. What should be done is crush, chop it, and break it into small pieces. Nor does it need to be in fine powder, in small pieces it is enough. But that it is clean and dry, it is important not to fill the soil and plants with fungi.
  6. The pieces of eggshell are used to scare away and fight slugs, snails, snails… For these gastropod mollusks, the eggshell disgusts they and they try to avoid it at all costs. So it will help you to go elsewhere. Do not forget to place the eggshells around the plants, the garden… wherever you have plants. It doesn’t matter what kind of plant it is.
  7. In addition, you can try to prevent your garden from being plagued by these small gastropod mollusks by doing little things or trying to take it into account. For example, irrigation. It is important to try not to overwater. That there is no standing water, puddles, or water between the afternoon and night. Because at night or when it gets dark, that’s when these little animals start to come out. Of course, you should always take into account the schedule. Do not do it during the day in full sun because you can burn the roots and leaves of the plants. And also keep in mind, the season of the year in which you find yourself.
  8. If you are in the rainy season, obviously, you will not irrigate and it will be the rainwater that irrigates. Therefore, in these cases, if it rains a lot, what really matters is that you empty the pots of excess water, the plates of the pots, etc. Any standing water.
  9. Check also very well, inside the pot. Take a good look at both sides of the leaves of the plants(they tend to hide at the bottom), in the area of ​​​​the earth, on the edge of the pots and an area that is always forgotten… the area below the pot! Move the pot and observe. Surely you will see the occasional slug or small snail. This after it eats your plants.
  10. If you have a very large garden and you do not have time to take good care of it or dedicate the necessary care to it, it can be very useful, for example, the use of drip irrigation. It is very useful to avoid waterlogging in the pot or on the plate and thus the roots do not rot.
  11. There are other pests that are also extremely important to avoid because once they invade the garden, you have to quickly remedy it and prevent it from spoiling.
  12. Another trick that helps, although it may be more effective or more useful, for small spaces, is to place small cotton balls soaked in essential oils such as rosemary, sage, lavender and geranium. You can also pour it directly into the pot, around the plants and around the edge of the pot (inside, between the soil and the pot). For obvious reasons, in a large garden it is crazy and not feasible, but in small pots it can work very well.  These mollusks are very disgusted by this aroma and will go elsewhere.
  13. If you have a garden with aromatic plants, take a look if you have the lavender plant, rosemary, sage, etc. These plants, with their strong aroma, are very disgusting to slugs and snails. But beware, do not be fooled or trust yourself. The fact that these aromatic plants help a little does not mean that they completely eliminate these small gastropod mollusks. You must continue with the same care and be just as cautious as if you did not have these plants nearby.
  14. As for chemical products, they can be found without problems in any garden. Most are met aldehyde -bearing chemicals. When the slugs and snails eat the product, they will die within a few days. It’s a bit cruel, but ultimately, you have to kill the pests if you don’t want to lose all the plants.
  15. From time to time, it is also very important to remove the soil from the pots or flower beds or wherever you have the soil. In this way, if there are snail eggs, you will eliminate them or, if you observe that there are many, you will be able to change the soil. If there are many or many white balls, be careful. Surely, they are snail eggs. In that case, it is best to remove that soil and observe the roots of the plant in case a snail or slug remains and kills the plant.
  16. Keep in mind whenever you are with pests; completely remove the residue before touching other plants again. For example, in the case of pruning or cutting leaves or stems. If these are damaged by a pest, after cutting it, never cut another plant without disinfecting it. Because if you do it (and it almost always does) you can infect the other plants. Therefore, it is very simple how to disinfect it. Take a clean cloth or cotton and apply alcohol to it. Clean the blades of the scissors and clean them well. In this way, they will be ready to cut another plant again without danger of contagion.

What do you need:

  •  Egg shells. That they are very clean without a trace of yolk or white and let it dry.
  •  Aromatic plants: sage, rosemary, lavender, etc.

Tips

Prevention is very important. For that reason, we make a point of doing a review every X days. Not all of you will be able to do it on a daily basis and it is impossible to compare a small terrace, a balcony with four pots or a huge garden… for that reason, at least one look a week would not hurt and it is better to be safe than sorry. Because once the slugs or snails have eaten your plants, there will be later, to assess how they have been. If you are lucky, maybe they were just there and you arrived on time, to a small extent it will be a few bites in the leaves… but oh, how the vegetables or fruits have been eaten!

Don’t forget not only to look for slugs, snails, etc. There are many other pests that are just as problematic, such as ant pests, mealy bugs, spider mites, aphids, etc. You have to check the plants at least weekly and check if there is any that are poached or if they have pests.

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