Snail detering copper tape trial - update...

12 December, 2013

Since planting out my melon seedlings with my trial copper tape protection I have been keeping an eye on how they have survived the voracious appetites of the snails and slugs that inhabit my garden.

Result: The copper tape seems to partially protect seedlings.

Some of the copper tape protected seedlings have survived.

Lambkin's Hybrid melons - 1/3 has been eaten.


Tigger melon - 1/2 remain
 


I suspect this may not be snail inflicted damage, as it would have had to be a very dexterous snail to avoid all that snail bait. Although maybe it was a Mission-Impossible-wire-hovering-snail or dodging-lasar-beam-cartwheeling-cat-burglar type skilled molusk. Either way I am down some melon seedlings.

However it seems evident that the copper tape does not completely deter snails.

Yes, that there is a snail foiled by the snail bait secondary protection.

This one made it past the copper tape only to be foiled by the snail bait back up.

So it would appear that copper tape does protect the seedlings, as the majority protected by the copper tape survived. But it is not a completely effective barrier, and further protections strategies may need to be employed.

6 comments:

  1. Really interesting. The most often asked question on my blog is about keeping slugs and snails at bay so now I can refer people to a method other than rounding them up or beer traps.

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    1. I've tried beer traps once, but they were a complete fail. Though I have heard of others succeeding with them, so maybe it depends on the alcohol preferences of your backyard molusk...

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  2. I hope you won't think me hyper-critical, but you seem to me to be using far too many slug-pellets. One or two will achieve the same effect as a handful - slugs don't eat a huge quantity and the poison in just a tenth of one of those peelets would be lethal for it. I have not tried the copper tape method myself, so it is interesting to read about your trial.

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    1. Not at all! I have no problem with constructive feedback. I admit I am heavy handed with the snail bait from a feeling that it is better to be safe than sorry. I shall try with a lesser amount next time round and see if that is as effective.

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  3. I've always wondered about that, Bek. Thanks for the info.

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    1. No problem. The more we share what works and doesn't work in our gardens I think the better informed we all are.

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