> We have an apple
grower here in the great Canadian north who has an infestation of snails on
his apple trees. Any thoughts on why and if they need to be controlled?
So far they appear to be causing no damage.
I have seen no answer to the questions of why and if? I imagine that the
snails are eating something and this may be disadvantageous, or are they
just trying to get into the shade in the Canadian summer?
I wonder whether the best 'how' answer would not be chickens or ducks. That
in itself would help to deal with the 'why' question, assuming [a] that
there is a better market for eggs and poultry than for snails; and [b] that
the integration of poultry into the manuring/fertility/pest management/grass
and weed management cycles of the farm is better than reliance on molluscs,
even molluscs predating molluscs.
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