What do Snails Eat?

2019-03-12

Taking care of a garden involves a lot of hard work. Not only do you have to account for environmental factors such as temperature, soil conditions, water and light, but you also have to take steps to protect your garden from pests. While aphidsbeetles, and caterpillars are the usual suspects when it comes to garden pests, you should also be paying attention to snails. If you notice shiny trails of mucus and irregular shaped holes in the leaves and stems of your plants, snails are probably feasting on your garden.

What do Snails Eat for Food?

Snails see your garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet. While they aren’t too picky when it comes to eating plant matter, snails do have some clear favorites. If your garden contains a lot of young, tender plants, or plants with wilted leaves, you are growing food that is very attractive to snails. Some specific plants snails enjoy include:

  • Lettuces

  • Strawberries

  • Cucumbers

  • Cabbages

  • Carrots

  • Dandelions

  • Daisies

  • Lilies

Snails use their jaw and thousands of tiny teeth to eat food. They are very efficient eaters and are able to consume several times their own weight every day. This means they can cause extensive damage relatively quickly. As a result, it is important to take proactive and reactive measures in order to prevent snails from becoming a headache for you and your garden.

How to Get Rid of Snails in the Garden

Despite being slow-moving, snails are sneaky. You might not even notice that you have snails in your garden at first. This is because snails are primarily active at night. Occasionally, you may see snails active on cloudy days when it is wet and humid outside. The only signs they leave behind are mucus trails and holes in leaves and tender plants. If you suspect that snails are causing problems in your garden, there are a few control strategies you can implement.

Two of the most common ways to get rid of snails is by using baits and traps. However, many commercial baits and traps contain chemicals that can be harmful to wildlife and pets. Your best bet is to call an Aptive professional. With Aptive Environmental, you will get the effectiveness of traditional pest control, but in a safe, responsible, and eco-friendly manner. Snails need a place to live, moisture, and a food source. Aptive service professionals identify and reduce these factors in your yard, making it unnecessary to use heavy amounts of product. In some cases, they may not even need to use product at all. An Aptive service pro will also teach you how to identify problem areas and how to reduce snail activity by going straight to the source of the problem.

How Aptive can Help

Aptive’s integrated pest management can help protect your yard and plant life from snails. An Aptive service professional will conduct a thorough inspection of your property and determine why snails are attracted to your yard and garden. They will also provide you with helpful methods and suggestions to prevent snails from increasing in population. For example, if your garden has excess moisture, an Aptive professional may encourage you to use drip irrigation for watering your plants.

Based on your needs and surrounding environment, an Aptive professional will be able to develop a suitable treatment plan. Your Aptive service professional will treat areas on your property where snail control products can be used responsibly and effectively. Once your property is treated, a follow-up inspection, along with additional snail control treatments, may be necessary. With Aptive’s dedication to service and commitment to the environment, you can rest easy knowing your home is our priority.

If you suspect that snails are causing problems in your garden, call your local Aptive branch today. Snail populations can increase quickly, so it is important to take care of the issue before it gets out of hand. You put a lot of time and energy into gardening. Don’t let snails ruin the fruits, flowers, or vegetables of your labor. Call Aptive Environmental to schedule your service today.