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WOODLICE AND SNAILS destroying plants..what to do?

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noonar Mon 25-Jun-07 21:13:59

DH has worked so hard to grow veg in our garden. we have thousands of woodlice and a good number of snails which are eating the plants faster than they are growing. any advice about how to get rid? (obviously, we'd prefer not to poison our 2yo!)

snowwonder Mon 25-Jun-07 21:15:29

broken egg shells stop snails, as they cant slime across it. i think?

GooseyLoosey Mon 25-Jun-07 21:18:50

We have the same problem - dh is now obsessed with snail anihilation. He waits until its damp and going dark and then sneaks out and... massacres them. Assuming that you would prefer a less blood thirsty approach, coffee grounds around the base of the plants also helps for the same reason as the egg shells.

Even massacre does not work on woodlice so I await other responses with interest.

noonar Mon 25-Jun-07 21:23:16

thanks folks. the woodlice are the bigger problem tbh. harder to lob over the wall.

seamonstr Thu 28-Jun-07 13:27:03

Have you tried beer traps? Very effective, but a bit labour intensive - you have to empty and refill every couple of days.

geogteach Thu 28-Jun-07 13:50:51

What beer do you use in your traps? Sad as I am I actually bought beer for the snails and slugs last week and so far have trapped none, even though there are thousands of the buggers.

seamonstr Thu 28-Jun-07 15:08:56

Really!? None!? Remember that you have to have the rim of the trap at just about ground level (1/2 cm above).

I just use any old beer in the fridge and end up with a stinking container of dead slugs and snails in very short order! (ew, but yay)

noonar Thu 28-Jun-07 19:33:27

great idea. does it work for woodlice?

thefuturesbright Fri 29-Jun-07 22:06:54

woodlice generally only eat dead things - they aren't a problem. Are you sure they are woodlice? Tiny little round armadillos? are you sure they are eating stuff?

noonar Sat 30-Jun-07 20:29:03

they are DEF woodlice, and we have literally 100s of them...dh says they are infesting the stalks/ leaves of his plants

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