When the grass and weeds first start to grow or you first see signs of snail slime trails and small holes in the leaves, the most effective pest control is a combination of methods.
5. Apply Sluggo pet safe snail bait. The drawback is that it is more expensive than the toxic bait. It can also get moldy when wet. But, it is safe and will not harm small children and pets. It is also very effective in controling snails and slugs in the garden.
6. Apply Deadline. Deadline is toxic just like the regular snail bait, but it can be applied to the edge of pots and container gardens in areas where children and pets cannot reach. I grow a lot of my potted plants up on a grow table and apply salt on the ground. This is also effective.
7. Daily Picking. Gruesome but effective, picking out and then killing slugs and snails by hand is one of the most effective ways of controling their over population. Take a garden walk and pick and kill the critters at first light in the morning, and then after dark at 9 or 10 pm, and once again late in the evening if possible.
8. Grow Mint. Because mint is an evasive plant, grow any kind of mint in pots between your garden plants. It repells the snails, but is not a cure-all at keeping them away. The areas of my garden that grows mint has far less snails than the other areas of my garden without mint.
Questions? Ask Gail the Pond Plant Girl & Artichoke Queen