It wasn’t quite Exodus 10:12-14, but Sunday’s warm and wet weather brought a small plague of snails to the Ballarat region.
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The brown garden snail, cornu aspersum, was drawn out of its hiding place as Sunday’s damp soil provided ideal conditions for mating. The brown snail is a hermaphrodite and is able to reproduce rapidly in wet conditions.
In large numbers, snails are a destructive force in gardens and farms, but there are a few tricks for managing the pests, according to gardening experts.
For those wanting to avoid harsh chemical baits, a cup of stale beer can be pushed into the soil to bait and drown backyard snails.
In hot summer months ceramic pots and bowls can be placed upside-down in the garden, providing a dark shelter to bait snails.
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