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Old 01-31-2021, 03:02 PM
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So I noticed some very tiny snails on the walls of my terrarium. They are at most 3-5mm in size. I have a pic below but itís really hard to see these or photograph them. How do you deal with them in a terrarium? Are they harmful?

Interestingly I havenít added any new plants recently so not sure how they got inside my home and then the terrarium....
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Commonly known as "bush snails", those little buggers can decimate your plants. They eat roots, buds, newly-emerging growths, and pretty much anything else.

Most snail and slug baits won't kill them, but I trust products that contain metaldehyde.
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Commonly known as "bush snails", those little buggers can decimate your plants. They eat roots, buds, newly-emerging growths, and pretty much anything else.

Most snail and slug baits won't kill them, but I trust products that contain metaldehyde.
Thanks Ray. So would you recommend putting granules of a product that has metaldehyde around on the floor of the terrarium? Or are there any other tips/tricks to getting rid of them with these products (are they dangerous to orchids if in direct contact with them, etc)?

Also I saw an old post where you used cinnamon and isopropyl alcohol, have you found that to be a safe and effective spray for ridding your terrariums of bush snails?

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Another "helpful hint" that I have seen here though haven't had a situation where I had to try it... coffee or coffee grounds seem to be useful against bush snails.
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Another "helpful hint" that I have seen here though haven't had a situation where I had to try it... coffee or coffee grounds seem to be useful against bush snails.
Hi Roberta, like applying coffee grounds to the floor of the terrarium? Iíve read a few threads on here about bush snails but it seemed that most havenít had good luck or a go to/definitive way to eradicate snails (I may have missed some of the more definitive threads though).
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Hi Roberta, like applying coffee grounds to the floor of the terrarium? Iíve read a few threads on here about bush snails but it seemed that most havenít had good luck or a go to/definitive way to eradicate snails (I may have missed some of the more definitive threads though).
Making inference but I can't claim experience, that would be the approach that I would try. Are your plants mounted or potted? If potted, maybe also scatter some of those grounds on top of the pots. I don't think that they'll harm anything, and anything to discourage the bush snails! I do know that they tend to not be attracted to "normal" snail baits.

Found the reference that I was thinking of... Orchid/Bush Snails?
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Making inference but I can't claim experience, that would be the approach that I would try. Are your plants mounted or potted? If potted, maybe also scatter some of those grounds on top of the pots. I don't think that they'll harm anything, and anything to discourage the bush snails! I do know that they tend to not be attracted to "normal" snail baits.
Hi Roberta. They are essentially all mounted to various cork pieces and background of the terrarium.
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Hi Roberta. They are essentially all mounted to various cork pieces and background of the terrarium.
Then yes, scatter on the bottom of the terrarium. Here's the reference I was thinking of: Orchid/Bush Snails?
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Iíve read a few threads on here about bush snails but it seemed that most havenít had good luck or a go to/definitive way to eradicate snails (I may have missed some of the more definitive threads though).
I've used coffee with 100% efficacy. The plant is potted and I mixed brewed coffee with the normal watering. Never had any more snails.
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I've used coffee with 100% efficacy. The plant is potted and I mixed brewed coffee with the normal watering. Never had any more snails.
Hi rbarata, do you just essentially use cool black coffee rather than water to water/drench the plants? 100% coffee or like a 50/50 coffee water mix?

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