It has been a super year for snails. Why? because I saw only one snail throughout the summer. They stayed away. I am sure there must be hundreds, if not thousands or more, eggs all waiting in the underground to be immersed in a deluge, if it rains. Yes they will arrive everywhere popping out of their eggs, meet another snail, sit down comfortably together and do what all snails do.
They do not even have to go and look for a mate, because they are all their own mates. Male and female? forget it, they have a super system, who needs one when they are all male and female. If you see two together wrapped around each other, no need to get all sloppy and romantic and tell the kids not to look. They can do it just like that, they do not even care, they have their own built-in self preserving system.
But this year was a hot sunny summer and no problems, the snails stayed where they were. I did not use one snail corn to kill them, although I must admit I had a small accident and the box fell out of the garden cupboard spilling the contents everywhere. Of course you can sprinkle salt over them, and then you have a slimy melting of snails due to a chemical reaction.
I eventually gave up with such methods of extermination, give them an apple to feed on and then throw the apple with the snails in the neighbour’s garden, or just pick them up and throw them as far as possible. They look slimy, but actually they are quite sticky. And if it rains, well they seem to appear from nowhere. In english I suppose these would be called slugs, but the german language has just one word for slug or snail, whether they have house on their back or not.