Snail and slug season
After an unusually hot and dry May, the weather has cooled off and a lot of rain has fallen in the past week. And suddenly, the snails and slugs have returned.
Every year, my garden gets large numbers of tiny snails smaller than the fingernail on a pinky finger. Slugs are less common, but larger.
This morning I walked through the back garden and squished or hand-picked dozens of snails and one slug. I need to keep after them or they do a lot of damage.
One year I lost most of my winter squash fruit to slugs. I thought the problem was deer or rodents until I went out one morning and found a half-eaten fruit covered in slugs.
I'll put out small aluminum pans of beer, which attracts and drowns slugs and snails. Unfortunately a good rain shower dilutes it so much that it has to be poured out and replaced after every significant rain event.
Hand picking them with gloves and squishing them may produce a "yuck" reaction, but it's very effective as long as I'm out there frequently enough.
How do you handle these pests?
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