Inundated with Snails after Big Flood

Asked July 8, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT

I am in Delaware County NY [ considered Catskill Mnts]. I have been a Gardener in various states in the USA for almost 40 years now. By far, the area I am in now IS the hardest I have ever gardened. Some Zone Maps say we are 5a or 5B...but due to cold pockets, I think we are more like Zone 4.

A few years ago we got hit with a whopper of a flood-- the "FEMA Disaster Area" kind of flood. We live where there is LOTS OF WATER, as I am only 1.5 miles from the Pepacton Reservoir.

Since the flood, my property has been inundated with SNAILS! Tons of them! Mostly Black, but tan/brown ones, too. I think they "came in with the flood" from somewhere else (???)

If I have a plant they like, by morning that plant could literally have HUNDREDS of snails on it!
I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE! I am losing too many plants.

How should I handle this problem [ and hopefully in an organic manner].
Someone told me to buy DUCKS.

Please help me!
Holly G.

Delaware County New York

1 Response

You should look up the contact info for the Delaware Co. Extension office and speak with one of the agents there.