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Organic, Natural Snail Control
The Snail Destroyer
Don't Let Snail Bait Be Your Pet's Last Meal
Decollate Snails are snails that live in the soil or mulch during the day and come out at night and eat the snails and slugs that eat your plants
Decollate Snails (cone shapped), Rumina decollata,
Brown Garden Snail (round), Helix Aspersa.
Unfortunately I have met far too many people who have killed their own dog, cat, or the pet of a friend or neighbor. All chemical poison snail baits pose a serious danger. When used properly accidents seldom occur, but pet or child poisonings have tragic consequences. Pets and children can be attracted to the fragrance, shape, size and color of snail baits. It is no mistake that there have been changes in the precautionary statements on boxes of snail baits warning of the danger to pets and children. Why take an unnecessary risk? Decollate snails, on the other hand, do not pose a health hazard to pets, birds or other mammals. Children may find them amusing to watch but not toxic if eaten. The Decollate Snail has been used in Orange groves of citrus growers and in the gardens and landscapes throughout the temperate regions of the United States for nearly 150 years. This famous predator snail comes out of the leaf mulch or soil at night and eats the eggs of slugs and snails. It also feeds on the young snails. The Decollate Snail lives for 2 years and lays a small amount of eggs on a regular basis so there should always be many new Snail Destroyers protecting your garden. When seen in the package they may look dry and inactive, but they will come to life when properly placed in your garden, landscape or orchard.
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Where Should I Use them,
How Many Snail Destroyers Do I Need?
Decollate snails are ideal for small and large sections of planter beds that have ground covers like Agapanthus, Daylily, Gazania, Geranium Ivy, Freeway Daisy, Ivy and Red Apple. If snails and slugs eat it then itís a good place to put your Decollate snails. The amount of Decollates needed by a garden or landscape varies with the amount of irrigation, the plant varieties and the age of the garden. A ground cover bed that is frequently irrigated and has lush plants like Gazania or Agapanthus is going to need about 1 to 2 Decollate snail per square foot. The same plants in a landscape that gets infrequent irrigation may need only 1 to 2 Decollate snails every 4 square feet. Established landscapes with large infestations will require more Decollates than new landscapes. As soon as you are done planting your garden or landscape you should release your Snail Destroyers.
A package of 100 Decollate snails will cover 100 to 400 sq. ft. of landscape. There they will establish and reproduce. They will not migrate away like Ladybugs. Ladybugs have a migratory behavior. Decollates snails colonize an area, and slowly expand outward searching for prey and new places to stay during the daylight hours. During daylight they are hidden under the soil, leaf mulch or shaded by plants. By brushing back the leaf mulch you will find them. In most cases it is snail control for the life of the garden.
Is the Decollate Snail
Safe For My Garden?
The Decollate snail is approved for use as means of controlling Brown Garden snails in Central and Southern California. It is so effective at controlling slugs and snails it may not be used in Northern California, where there is a concern it would wipe out native slugs and snails. Decollate snails have been used effectively by gardeners and professional landscapers all over the USA. This is particularly true of Texas and the South Eastern States where biggest snail infestations are located. Decollate snails were thoroughly tested by their approved researchers at the University of Riverside California. They were found to be very effective at controlling Brown Snails without damaging plants. They did not feed on any of the garden plants fed to them in the testing program. The Decollate snail will feed on decaying leaf litter, decaying fruit and vegetables. A Decollate snail will eat an orange that has fallen to the ground, but if an orange growing on a branch is resting on soil, the Decollate snail will not eat it. We have been selling them at farmerís markets, home shows and garden centers for many years. I have met many people who have told me as a result of using Decollate snails their gardens are snail free and or the snails and slugs are under control. Is your garden next? Check with your retailer or us for current promotional or seasonal pricing specials.The Decollate Snail has been used in Orange groves of citrus growers and in the gardens and landscapes throughout the temperate regions of the United States for nearly 150 years. This famous predator snail comes out of the leaf mulch or soil at night and eats the eggs of slugs and snails. It also feeds on the young snails. The Decollate Snail lives for 2 years and lays a small amount of eggs on a regular basis so there should always be many new Snail Destroyers protecting your garden.
While these predators may look dry and inactive they will come to life when properly placed in your garden, landscape or orchard.
Releasing Decollate Snails:
If the Decollates are dormant and not moving around, rinse them in water for 10 minutes. Then place them in a sunlit area of the landscape. They should wake in 10-30 minutes and will look for a shady place to stay until the night comes. You will need one Decollate for each 1-4 sq. feet of landscape. Lush ground covers and shrub areas need the most, dryer areas require less. Decollates will come out at night and eat the eggs of the Brown snails and slugs. They will feed on the eggs and the juvenile Brown snails.
The Pest: Brown Garden Snails
Helix aspersa, the European Brown Garden snail is an alien that long
ago took up residency in California and has since become the number one most
economically destructive pest to ornamental and agricultural crops and gardens
in California, as well as many other states. The brown snail was introduced to
California vineyards around 1859 as a food crop. Ironically, it was the wrong
variety, and processing stopped because of its poor flavor. These snails were
then discarded along the banks of the Santa Clara River in Northern California.
The Brown Snail has since thrived on cultivated crops and landscapes causing everything from ugly plants, to loss of vegetation, to damaged fruit and produce, to auto accidents!
Brown snails multiply rapidly in cultivated environments because the artificial moisture or irrigation stimulates reproduction. Every time you turn on the sprinklers in mild to warm weather you help to increase your Brown snail population, and the subsequent plant damage.
Home owners and professionals alike have long used various forms of
Metaldehyde, a very toxic synthetic pesticide that has been so overused that
research has shown that the Brown snail has become increasingly tolerant to the
The E.P.A. has recently forced a revision of the labels on some snail bait formulas from CAUTION to WARNING, recognizing these formulas to be more toxic to mammals than had been previously thought. Metaldehyde has long been associated with household pet poisoning. Each year many people unwittingly kill their dog or cat with snail bait. Don't let snail bait become your pet's last meal!
The long-term cost of these products and the possibility of an accident should make one wary of these dangerous chemical products and their continued use. In extreme cases, where application of some form of snail bait may be required, use a liquid bait, not granular. With planters, walls, larger shrubs, trees and other objects, we suggest a copper band, called Snail Bar. Snail Bar repels snails with a naturally occurring electrical pulse between the snail and the copper band. Brown snails are not able to pass over the Snail Bar.
Rumina decollata are a snail species introduced to the United States in about 1860, from the Mediterranean region, via merchant ships.
Decollate snails have been actively controlling the Brown snail in California
citrus orchards since at least the late 1940's. The University of Riverside,
California has completely tested Rumina decollata and has found it to be
a very. effective means for controlling the Brown snail. Cal Trans has also used
the Decollate snail for control of the Brown snail along California freeways.
The Decollate snail is easily recognized because of its conical shape, similar to many ocean snails seen at the beach. However since it is nocturnal feeding and lives about 2 inches below the soil line most people never see it. They do not become a pest problem.
The Decollate snail is a predator of the Brown snail. It does not eat your
established plants. It seeks out the eggs and juvenile brown snails and eats
them. Decollates will not eat the larger mature brown snails alternative
controls or tolerance is required for these mature adults while they die off. At
night or on cool foggy mornings the Decollate will track down Brown snails &
their eggs & eat them. In time it will nearly eliminate the Brown snails.
Obviously the greater amount of Decollates you employ, the more quickly you can
expect to see a decline in Brown snail populations.
A Decollate snail lives for about 2 years and lays about 200 eggs a year. Once it is released and working it is most often the last time you will ever need to spend money to fight Brown Garden snails.
In California the CA Dept F&G restricts the use of Decollate snails to Fresno, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare & Ventura Counties.