Get Rid Of Snail Pests Invasion In Your Snail Farm (Effective Guide)

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Get Rid Of Pests Invasion In Your Snail Farm

Hello, are you one of those farmers whose snail farms are under attack by pests (ants)? And you’ve been wondering how to get rid of snail pests invasion in your snail farm?

Your wonder thought is over.

Well, inasmuch as snail rearing is a profitable business, it comes with Challenges just like fish rearing, and pests (ants) invasion is one of those major challenges.

Wisdom demands that the very moment you sight the first pest (especially ants) on your snail farm, never relax or overlook its appearance because ants never walk or work alone.

Get rid of pests invasion in your snail farm today
Get rid of pests invasion in your snail farm today

Take action! Get rid of that particular ant as soon as possible!!

As long as snail rearing is concerned, ants will remain a strong enemy. And If you let insects subdue your snail farm, then you are sure in for massive death of snails which would end you up behind profit.

Is that what you want? I guess not.

Therefore, in this resource, we will look at the few steps you can take to get rid of snail pests invasion in your snail farm.

They have proven to be quite very effective.

Steps To Get rid Of Pests Invasion In Your Snail Farm

The following are effective procedures on how to scare away snail pests from your snail farm;

  • Shield your snail pens against mosquitoes using mosquito nets
  • Dig and fill a trench with water around your snail farm
  • Snail Soil Treatment
  • Grow pest resistant plants
  • Do away with all leftover food to avoid ant attack in your snail farm
  • Dispose unhatched eggs from your snail hatchery
  • Often sanitize your snail farm to wipe pests
  • Application of organic pesticides to destroy snail pests

1. Shield Your Snail Pens Against Mosquitoes Using Mosquito Nets

The construction of snail pens remains the initial step to take in the fight against snail pests invasion in your farm.

In order to combat or/and prevent ant invasion, your snail pens must be well constructed with mosquito nets coverings.

Snail pens with mosquito nets against pest invasion in snail farm

Mosquito nets are important as some ants are capable of flight, and when they fly their way into your snail farm, they take a chill and reproduce *winks

You know the consequences.

The life of your snails will be very much at stake.

Therefore, it is advisable to make use of mosquito nets in constructing an efficient lid for your snail pens.

For those operating a free-range snail farm, ensure that you protect the whole area with mosquito nets.

2. Dig And Fill A Trench With Water Around Your Snail Farm

As few snail pests have the ability to fly, many others like centipedes, termites etc can just crawl into that snail farm of yours.

In this case, Digging and filling a trench with water around your snail farm would be most preferred.

Such trench can either be a foot wide or foot deep.

It is of high importance to ensure that you make use of only good materials during pen construction.  In addition to this, add sufficient cement to ensure that water doesn’t destroy the trench.

Why is this crucial? It is because year in and out, it will be required of you to always fill up the trench with water for your snails.

3. Snail Soil Treatment

An interesting fact about snails is that they carry out their day to day activities in the soil, be it laying of eggs or feeding.

Even when they have no activity to carry out, they can easily bury their heads.

Here’s the bad news, snail pests like ants also carry their activities in the soil.

For we humans, we can simply call this a harassment *laughs

So, the best thing to do to give no room for such snail pests “harassment” is to treat the soil.  By so doing, every living matter be it in medium, small or smaller size dies, interestingly including their eggs in the soil.

How Do I Treat The soil in My snail Farm?

You can treat the soil in your snail farm in the following ways. By;

  1. Directly heating up the soil using direct heat from firewoods
  2. Treating the soil with neem
  3. Applying Soil solarization  (which is an environmentally non-chemical friendly way of controlling pests with the use of solar power).

 

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Soil Solarization

In summary, this pattern of control is said to be most preferred for snail farmers into free-range snail rearing due to its process.

Its process involves the covering of soil with plain polythene sheets that often traps sunlight heat, thereby increasing the soil temperature

So, how does this work?

It is simple, as temperature increases under the plain polythene sheet, it facilitates the destruction of several soil-borne insects and diseases.

Applying any of these methods of soil treatment, pests like ants wouldn’t dare to be a neighbor in your snail farm.

4. Grow Pest Resistant Plants

What are Pest Repellent plants?

Simply put that they are crops intentionally grown to wade off pests (in this case, in your snail farm).

This is effective as certain pests cannot withstand some kinds of plants.

Therefore, growing such repellant plants, will make pests such as snake (and other reptiles) uncomfortable to invade your snail farm.

For specifics, mint, lemongrass, rosemary, mint and marigold can repel certain kinds of insect pests from attacking your snail farm.

5. Do Away With All Leftover Feeds To Avoid Ant Attack In Your Snail farm

Leftover feeds in the snailery are commonly the cause of pests invasion in snail farms.

As snail feeds such as fruits are mostly perishable when cut open, biochemical reactions such as decay can be activated upon bacteria acting on the fruit.

How’s this a problem? It is a problem because when the fruit decays, several insect pests of various kingdoms will be forced to pay your snail farm an aggressive visit.

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Therefore, if you don’t want such to occur, you must do away with leftover feeds daily.

6. Dispose Unhatched Eggs From Your Snail Hatchery

As soon as you move your eggs to the snail hatchery, it can take about 21 to 40 days for a greater number of the eggs to hatch.

However, in a situation where some eggs were unable to hatch after 40 days, don’t feel pity, dispose them soonest.

Additionally, dispose every snail eggshells from the hatchery immediately hatching, as the strong smell of rotten or broken eggs can equally attract insect pests to that beautiful hatchery of yours.

7. Often Sanitize Your Snail Farm To Wipe Out Pests

Sanitization is key to safe living. You must keep your snails farm and its surroundings clean.

Frequent cleaning of the feed trays, drinking plates, the entire snail farm and serving the snails only fresh water supplies has it own way of discouraging snail pests from attacking your snails.

In fact, this is the best natural way to get rid of snail pests invasion in your snail farm.

More so, soil tilage can be useful as it helps in mixing the snail faeces with the soil and leaves, which at the end gives room for a healthy roaming within the snail pen.

Without being told, you should know that your snail rearing equipment shouldn’t be left out in the sanitization spree.

This is how to get rid of snail pests invasion in your snail farm.

Lastly, but not the least.

8. Application Of Organic Pesticides To Destroy Snail Pests

The use of organic pesticides is the fastest way of getting rid of insect pests like the stubborn soldier ants from your snail farm.

The following organic pesticides have proven to be very effective in the fight against snail pests in snail farms;

  1. Garlic
  2. Tobacco water
  3. pyrethrin
  4. lime sulfur
  5. Snuff
  6. sabadilla
  7. tomato leaves [crushed]
  8. neem oil
  9. Onions

WARNING:

Harvest your snails before the application of any organic pesticide on the snail farm.

Nevertheless, you can apply organic pesticides some days before stocking your farm with snails, as this will break, kill and stop soldier ants from invading your snail farm.

You must save your snail from Snail pests invasion so as to be in profits.

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Get Rid Of Pests Invasion In Your Snail Farm

And today, you have gotten the knowledge on how to get rid of snail pests invasion in your farm.

So, go be at alert and apply any of the precautive measures as the case may be!

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6 Comments

  1. Ants have been invading, disturbing my snails for quite sometime now. I have searched on how best to handle it but found nothing elaborate until now.

    Thank you Kate.

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