General    Lilongwe,Malawi

I need any possible and immediate feedback on how to deal with snails. about 6 neighboring fields belong to our farmers have been affected by snails. These snails are in two groups based on size. Smaller ones are feeding leaves of groundnut/peanut while the large sized ones are feeding leaves of maize and both leaves and pods of beans. All these are damaging heavily in the same area and neighbouring fields at a faster rate and worse damage.

Posted by: Samuel Dickson Pambanani (6 points) Samuel Dickson Pambanani
Posted: January 27, 2023


Throw eggshells, ash and coffee on the ground Scattering eggshells around the plants prevents snails and slugs in the garden from getting to them. This is because the shells cut the sensitive skin of the molluscs, which have direct contact with the ground to move around. You can also use ashes - those from the barbecue on the weekend. In contact with the animals' skin, this trap dehydrates them without harming the substrate. Another effective item is coffee grounds, whose aroma is a natural repellent to these animals. As a gift, you get very useful elements for the development of plants as they decompose.

Posted by: Ibraimo Zadoc Braimo (9 points) Ibraimo Zadoc Braimo
Posted: January 27, 2023

Sorry dear farmer for the losses you are encountering. Snails are quite challenging to fight. But try mixing duduguard (15-20ml) and Nimbecidine 100m, spray

Posted: January 27, 2023

All those are same are in fields. But yield more than hydraulic percent of the world's

Posted by: Ibrahim Muhammad Dikko (4 points) Ibrahim Muhammad Dikko
Posted: January 27, 2023

May be you can collect snails and spray salt above them to kill them.

Posted by: Susmita Sharma (3 points) Susmita Sharma
Posted: January 29, 2023

There are several methods for controlling snails in agricultural settings, including cultural, mechanical, and chemical control. Here are some possible solutions, with sources:

Cultural Control: One way to reduce snail populations is to modify the agricultural practices to create a less favorable environment for snails. For example:
Regularly remove debris and litter from the fields, as snails are attracted to moist and shaded areas.
Avoid overwatering the fields, as snails thrive in moist environments.
Avoid planting crops in low-lying areas, where moisture tends to accumulate.
Source: "Managing snail damage in horticultural crops" by Paul Horne and David Midmore, in Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture (2008).

Mechanical Control: This involves physically removing snails from the fields. Some methods include:
Handpicking: This is the simplest method of snail control, but it is labor-intensive and may not be practical for large fields.
Barriers: You can create barriers around your crops using materials such as copper or sharp sand, which snails find difficult to cross.
Traps: You can set up traps in the fields using materials such as beer, yeast, or molasses, which snails are attracted to.
Source: "Snail management in vegetable crops" by R. N. Raid and J. O. Akinyemi, in African Journal of Agricultural Research (2014).

Chemical Control: This involves the use of pesticides to kill snails. However, it is important to note that some pesticides may have negative effects on the environment, such as harming beneficial insects or contaminating soil and water. Before using any pesticide, be sure to read the label carefully and follow all safety precautions.
Source: "Snail control in crops" by W. H. Reeder, in Mississippi State University Extension (2019).

It's important to note that each of these methods has its own pros and cons, and the best approach may depend on the specific situation. Additionally, it's always a good idea to consult with a local agriculture expert or extension service for advice on managing snails in your area.

Posted by: Pete McCloskey (3 points) Pete McCloskey
Posted: March 20, 2023

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