I have a lot of very tiny snails in my large vegetable garden, and throughout the year they do a lot of damage to my vegetables. So far, products such as Bug-Getta do not seem to work (at least that is my impression, since after spreading it out I still see these guys and they continue to eat holes in the leaves of my vegetables).

Below you will see a picture of some of the samples I have collected. There's a dime there for size reference. The large one in the picture is the largest that I have seen so far. As a result, I do not believe that these are baby snails. I think they are all mature.

Any ideas for how I can control this pest? The "beer in a saucer" approach doesn't seem like a feasible tack.

For reference, I live just outside Houston, Texas. We garden all year long.

A sample of snails from my garden


2 Answers 2


These are pretty common garden snails, not completely sure of species (I suspect Theba sp.). Some people have success with "barriers" such as surrounding the targeted plants with diatomaceous earth. Best of luck!

  • 1
    Thank you for your reply, as well as the interesting link. That link also mentions diatomaceous earth, which I am pondering. I have used it in the past. Maybe I need to try again. I am going to wait a bit before I choose a "correct answer." Commented Nov 17, 2023 at 16:06

If a grainy bait like Bug-Getta is not working, you may not be using it to the best advantage.

It must be spread thinly, it must draw the snails away from the plant, and it is best placed between the dining room (your plants) and the bedroom (some wet place on the north side where peppermint grows) where they sleep at night.

No harm in also spraying leaves they like with soapy water, especially the undersides. Weekly.

  • 1
    Interesting comment. I have been spreading the Beg-Getta near the plans, as I though that might encourage the snails to eat it instead of my leaves. Thank you for taking the time. I am going to try the suggestions that have been offered. Commented Nov 17, 2023 at 16:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.