Snails & Caterpillars

I live in So. Calif. and I am a newbie gardener. I have snails living in my white daisy-like plant and eating the leaves. They also travel from the daisy into my Sweet Broom plants. The Sweet Broom also has a caterpillar type pest. Both pests are dessimating both plants. Being new, I haven't had much experience with pests, but all I want to do is tear out the plants, yet I know that is drastic. Is it the plants that attract these pests? What's a Newbie to do? Thanks
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

No worries --- we'll help you deal with these pests without having to rip out your plants.

For slugs and snails I'd use a slug/snail bait; you should be able to find them sold under a variety of brand names, including some that are organic. Simply apply them according to the directions on the packaging and that should help cut down on the slugs/snails.

As far as caterpillars go, if they're large enough, the safest and least expensive way to deal with them is to drop them into a bucket of soapy water. If that's not an option for you, you can also look for neem oil at your local garden center; this should take care of the caterpillars, as well.

I hope this helps. Good luck!



---Justin,

Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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