Gardening

Snails


Snails: General information




They are terrestrial gastropods, therefore they have lungs, unlike their cousins ‚Äč‚Äčthat live in the sea and in the rivers, and belong to different families: the Limacidae and the Arionidae, those with naked and elongated bodies, of the Helicides the snails.
Their presence is favored by the high humidity, above all from the rains; they are active at night, when they cause serious damage to any type of crop, whether horticultural, or ornamental, as they feed on the leaves of any plant or small shrub.
They are very voracious and a one-night attack can actually destroy the aerial part of an entire map; feeding only on the leaves and the green parts, they hardly cause the death of the crops, but surely lead to a high decay of the plant which, if not sufficiently vigorous, can die after a short time, failing to replace the leaves of which it has been stripped. In cases of minor attacks, however, the snails cause an aesthetic deterioration of the plants, whose leaves appear "nibbled" in several parts.
To eliminate the snails present in our garden we can find on the market some baits, which must be placed near the most attached plants, the snails will die following the ingestion of the poison; this method is very effective, even if it is not recommended in the presence of children or pets, as the bait for snails is very poisonous even for them.
It is also possible to defend oneself against snails by catching them, preparing traps made up of containers filled with beer, of which the snails are very greedy, the little animals will enter, without being able to escape.
We can also proceed to the manual collection of snails that, during the day, shelter from the heat under the stones of our garden, in this way we can at least contain the number.