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What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Yet again I have collected a load of snails in a bucket!! dozens and dozens of them image 

Whats the quickest way to dispatch them? it got too dark and I had to finish tidying up so i have just left them in the bucket with a lid on them.

is there something I could put in the bucket, I have tried salt water before and some still escape. I was wondering is something like Jeyes fluid might work but would that be a slow death. i have nothing agaist snails on an individual basis image but on mass they have ruined the garden this year. i dont wont to prolong the suffering of any creature.

even thought about boiling the kettle.............image

i can't deal with crunching them, although several got stepped on tonight but the noise goes right through me.



  • If I were you I would put them in the car and take them for a nice run in the countryside and leave them where they can't do any damage but don't forget to take your bucket home! 


  • The DoctorThe Doctor Posts: 177

    Ammonia mix 4:1 or up to 10:1 slugs & snails hate it and die quickly. Give it a try and let me know.

    Dan x

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    They are good food for Blackbirds but as the feeding season is over and the fact you have too many, as Snailsrcute suggests, take them for a drive............

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Scatter them on the road and let the cars do the squishing.  A case of the quick or the dead.

    Gracie, I'm not sure blackbirds eat snails.  Thrushes do, but I've noticed they are particular about the kind of snail they eat.

    On the other hand, I want a pair of Oystercatchers for my garden; they are ace snail hunters!

  • At my old house, I used to take them for a walk and put them in the central resevation of the A12 in London, thinking that if they made it home then good on them for getting over a 3 lane A road image 

    The country side is a bit far away just to take snails. 

    We only really have wood pigeons and crows round here. 

    I do occastionally see a frog/toad in the garden but I bet he doesn't like the chrunchy bits. 

    Might try the ammonia - haven't actually dealt with them yet, they might have to wait until I finish work image 


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Ammonia mix.  Do you have Ammonia to hand?  Sounds a complicated method to me.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    My method is to tie them in a large plastic bag and put them in the bin just before it's emptied. I reckon the bag'll be broken at the tip, so they are just deported.

  • I don't like to hear the crunch either. I've got a bucket half full with a strong salt and water mix and I go out last thing at night and pick up the snails from the lawn and any slugs I can see on the 2 patios. They all go in the bucket and although they fizz up some bubbles for a couple of seconds, it seems that they are a gonna soon after as they then don't move. I've read stuff on the net about whether they feel pain and there seems to be mixed opinions, but I think the quicker they can die the better. Unless you can take them walkies in the country somewhere!

  • no time to take snails for walkies image

    Maybe i need to make my salt water stronger 

    Alina - you know the bag gets crushed in the bin lorry image

  • I think your all missing the best technique " chuck em in the neighbours garden"

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