SLUGS AND SNAILS: Characteristics and Controls

Ailments Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Both feed on buds and flowers, bush snails feed on other parts of plants also; use metaldehyde baits in combination with Sevin, Mesurol, Zectran, or Zectran sprays or drenches three times 10 to 14 days apart; regular treatments are best; remove all cover plants from around the greenhouse. AH10; N329; S194

They prefer places that provide shelter, moisture and abundant food; they are nocturnal; in daylight they can be found under objects providing dampness; they feed on buds, flowers and roots; best control is sanitation, or by baits, such as Mesurol, metaldehyde, and metaldehyde with Sevin mix. AH86-59

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