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snails

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Question: 172-5201
We have Lambs ears with large holes in them. My Campanula has smaller holes in the leaves. I don't see any insects. What can be the problem? Lucinda,Little Compton, RI

Mort's Answer:
Snails are prevalent in rainy seasons especially in shady areas. Since they are nocturnal, you see only the symptoms. If there is not a lot of damage, you can capture them with saucers of beer. They stay out to the wee hours of the morning and either drown in the beer or perish in the sun by drying out. You can put diatomaceous earth around each plant. This will cut them up and cause bleeding. If you are reluctant to kill them, you can go out at night with a flashlight and pick them off the plants.

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Question: 401-3410
Where can get diatomaceous earth for my snails? Rocco, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
Call around to your local nursery-garden centers. Diatomaceous earth will cut the skins of the snails as they approach the stems of your plants. Use at least 1/4 in. deep and 18 inches around each plant to insure a good kill. Another effective remedy is saucers of beer. The critters get drunk and stay out into the early morning light and wind up half baked in the sun. Anything that will dry them out will work. Coarse sand is available at the hardware stores and can be almost as effective as diatomaceous earth but it doesn' t cut as good.

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Question: 527-1611
Where can get diatomaceous earth for my Snails? Rocco, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
Call around to your local nursery-garden centers. Diatomaceous earth will cut the skins of the snails as they approach the stems of your plants. Use at least 1/4 inch deep and 18 inches around each plant to insure a good kill. Another effective remedy is saucers of beer. The critters get drunk and stay out into the early morning light and wind up half baked in the sun. Anything that will dry them out will work. Coarse sand is available at the hardware stores and can be almost as effective as diatomaceous earth but it doesn't cut as good.

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