Understand Slug and Snail Basics
Slugs and snails are close relatives that share many characteristics, including their eye-tipped forehead tentacles. But only snails have visible shells. Not surprisingly, given their mollusk connections, slugs and snails prefer damp, dark places. They rarely venture out during daytime except on dark, cloudy days. When you're inspecting your garden on a sunny day, you can find them in shady garden nooks under leaves, weeds, or damp garden debris.
Slug and snail eyes are on upper tentacle tips.
Recognize Slug and Snail Damage
Both slugs and snails chew large, irregular holes in plants and fruits. Unlike the ragged bites left by some chewing pests, slug and snail holes have much smoother edges. But when trails of silvery mucus lead to and from the damage, you can be sure slugs or snails are to blame.
Snails and slugs are most active during moderately warm weather when garden soil is moist. Hot, cold, and dry conditions send them looking for cover, but moderate coastal climates face these pests year-round. Once you have leaf holes from slugs and snails, you can't fix them. You have to wait for new leaves to grow. Small seedlings damaged by slugs and snails are often lost.
Hostas are frequent slug and snail targets.
Kill Garden Slugs and Snails
Ineffective approaches can lead to big problems. Some snails need mates to reproduce, but others reproduce on their own. One snail may lay hundreds of eggs annually. Those baby snails mature within one to two years. Slugs mature in as little as three to six months.1 While most snails live five to seven years, some live more than three times as long.2 That's a lot of garden damage through the years.
With Corry's® Slug & Snail Killer ready-to-use pellets, you can kill slugs and snails without the worries associated with other products. This highly effective slug and snail killer contains an iron-related ingredient known as sodium ferric EDTA. You can treat your lawn, flower and ornamental gardens, and edible gardens right up to the day of harvest. People and pets may enter the area immediately after product is applied. After eating even a small amount of Corry's Slug & Snail Killer, slugs and snails stop feeding. Then they slink away to die in hiding, with no messy cleanup for you.
Slime trails prove slugs and snails are the culprits.
Keep Your Advantage
- Water your garden early in the morning so the soil dries well before nightfall comes.
- Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers to minimize surface moisture that slugs and snails prefer.
- Incorporate plants with rough, tough or highly fragrant foliage. Slugs and snails typically bypass plants like sage, rosemary and lavender.1
- Plant landscapes to attract songbirds that feed on slugs and snails.
- Keep your garden free of plant debris and other pest hideouts.
- Reapply Corry's Slug & Snail Killer every two weeks or as soon as it disappears.
- The Corry's brand has been protecting plants against slugs and snails for more than 70 years. We know what it takes to handle these pests. With Corry's Slug & Snail Killer, you get effectiveness, convenience and peace of mind all in one easy-to-use product. So go ahead, get rid of slugs and snails with confidence and start enjoying your lawn and garden again.
Always read product labels thoroughly and follow instructions carefully.
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1. Flint, M.L. and Wilen, C.A., "Snails and Slugs," University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, March 2018.
2. UCSB ScienceLine, "How Do Snails Reproduce," University of California Santa Barbara, May 2011.