If you have been into snail farming for a while, you must have had your share of ant attacks, this is the reason why understanding how to get rid of ants in a snail farm is very essential.
So, if you are suffering from ant attacks in your snail farm, or you intend to learn how to prevent ants from attacking your snail farm.
Then you are welcome, in this guide, I am going to walk you through how to get rid of ants on a snail farm. What you need to do.
These tips will help you avoid having ants anywhere close to your snail farm.
Ants in a snail farm
There has been lots of argument from different snail farmers as to whether ants can kill snails or not.
Some claim they have ants in their snail farm and it hasn’t attacked them while others claim otherwise.
In any category of these people, you belong to, I want to let you know that you are not wrong.
Some ants can kill snails, while some can’t hurt snails, in each of these cases.
Having these ants and insects all over your farm isn’t even good for you not just for your snails.
So, whichever case it is, you need to get rid of the ants and here are what you need to do to achieve an ants-free snail farm.
How to get rid of ants in a snail farm
To get rid of ants and other insects in your snail farm, you have to follow these steps.
Protect the snail house from children
One mistake you don’t want to make is; to expose your snails to the reach of children.
Imagine coming home and you see your snails all crawling around the house.
What happened? Junior went to open the pen!
If you must get it right in snail farming, you have to ensure your snail farm is kept away from children, else, your efforts may be wasted in minutes one day.
You can always lock the farm, if you fail to lock it, and your children open the snail house, insects that have been around the snail house may find their way into the snail house.
You may not hear from them immediately but with time, they will multiply and become a problem on the farm.
Properly cover the snail pens with nets or any other protective perforated materials.
The purpose of building a snail house is not just to provide a home for the snails, it is also to provide a snail suitable home.
Once your snail house (also called snail pen) is not properly built, your snails won’t live comfortably.
When constructing your snail house, you must find a way to cover the snail pens, build a protective net cover on the pens.
As you know, some ants can fly, so even if you have a trench around your snail house.
Flying ants will pass through it and once they land inside the pen, they start multiplying, this will in a short time become a threat to the life of your snails.
So, what do you do? Use mosquito nets to construct a sound lid for your snail pens. This will protect the snails against flying ants and insects.
If you are running a free-range system of snail farming, you also need to cover your whole farm with nets.
This is the best way to ensure the snails are safe and protected from flying ant’s attacks.
How to get rid of ants in a snail farm
Plant ant repellant plants and flowers around the snail house.
Ant repellant plants or crops are plants and crops that are planted around the snail house to ward off ants and insects that are harmful to the snails.
Ants and most reptiles react negatively to plants and crops like Marigold, Rosemary, mint, and lemongrass, they make them uncomfortable and therefore they do not find a home where these plants are planted.
Planting them around the snail house will do a great job ad protecting your snails from harm.
can also repel certain types of insects and pests from invading your snail farm.
So, planting ants and insect repellant plants is a great way to naturally get rid of ants on a snail farm.
Ensure you treat the soil before using them for snail farming
Almost all activities of snails are done in the soil, they lay their eggs in the soil, feed on soil, lay on the soil to rest, most times you see them bury themselves in the soil.
This is just their nature, and this is one reason they dislike unfit soil (soils that are not good for snail rearing)
Surprisingly, most of these snail harmful insects and ants also thrive on the soil.
This is threatening to the life of your snails, so, how do you handle it?
Soil treatment is the method of making the soil suitable for the snails to live comfortably on.
By soil treatment, you will be able to kill these insects including their eggs buried right in the soil.
This will ensure that the soil becomes very suitable for snails to live without ant attack.
There are different ways to treat the soil for snail farming, they include the following.
- Sun-drying the soil
- Burning the soil in pot or container method.
- Boiling the soil in water method.
- Chemical method
- Burning the soil openly.
- Use of ash.
You can check more on how to treat the soil for snail farming by clicking the link below, it explains each of these methods and when to apply them.
Soil treatment will not only help you kill the insects and ants in the soil.
It also ensures that all the insect larva in the soil is killed, this will get the soil rid of future insects
Apply pesticides and insecticides from time to time
Insecticides and pesticides are chemicals that are used to control insects and pests.
They are not only used on the farm; they can be used at home as long as they are applied correctly.
You can get from the market and use organic pesticides; they are naturally made from trees and plants.
You can use any of the following
- Tobacco water
- Neem oil
- Lime sulfur
- Tomato leaves
If you must use organic pesticides, you can also spray organic pesticides a few days before stocking your farm with snails.
Doing this will help destroy stubborn soldier ants from attacking your snail farm.
I’m sure you know that the more snails you keep alive using best management practices is the more profit you can make.
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Clean leftover food materials frequently
One of the easiest ways to attract ants and insects into your snail house is by leaving leftover foods in the snail pen.
Snails eat mostly perishables like fruits, vegetables and tubers, once they are cut, they easily decay once they are acted on by bacteria.
As they decay, they attract insects and ants, who come in and build a home in the snail house.
Once they are done building their home in the pen, their next mission is to attack the snails.
You should remove these leftover food materials once the snails are done eating, in fact, before serving the snails another food.
Remove the leftovers from the previous meal and clean their feeding trough thoroughly.
You can learn more about what snails eat and how to feed snails by clicking the link below.
Remove unhatched snail eggs and particles of hatched eggs.
We can’t talk about how to get rid of ants in a snail farm without mentioning the removal of unhatched snail eggs.
Snail eggs take between 21 – 40 days before they are hatched, once snails 40 days is gone and you have eggs that haven’t hatched.
Kindly take them out of the hatchery, they are very likely not going to hatch again.
It is also important you remove the hatched eggs shells, and any other eggs particles in the hatchery.
If possible, remove the hatchery soil and replace it with new soil, you can also expose the soil to heat, this will get rid of ants and insects in the snail pen.
A small broken part of snail egg left in the snail pen can attract ants into the snail house.
This is why you must remove them
Clear grasses and weeds regularly.
Ants and insects can live comfortably on grasses around the snail house, you need to regularly clear grasses surrounding the snail house to keep the environment ant-free.
You can use cutlass, cut once in or twice in one month, the idea is to keep the snail house as clean as possible.
Keep the snail pen moist
Snails love a moist environment; they thrive well when the pen is moist enough.
You need to make sure that the environment is snail rearing suitable.
Apply water into the pen from time to time, avoid waterlogging the pen.
As much as they love a moist environment, they do not appreciate waterlogging.
When the snail pen is moderately moist, the snails are bound to live happily.
This will prevent them from trying to escape in search of a better environment.
Dig a trench and fill it with condemned oil or water.
Most ants can’t fly, some only move by crawling, crawling ants, insects and termites can crawl into the snail pen.
The easiest way to prevent crawling ants from entering the snail pen is by digging a trench around the snail pen.
you will need to fill the trench with water or condemned engine oil, with this, they can’t crawl past the trench.
One best way to prevent this is by digging a trench around your farm and filling it with water.
What you have to take note of here is that; you must construct the snail pen with quality materials, that’s the only way the water in the trench will not weaken the snail pen.
Do not feed the snails spoilt food materials
What you feed your snails is important, you must ensure that you do not feed the snail spoilt food materials.
Once you supply rotten food to the snails, they are likely not going to eat it.
The food particles will be left to decay, over some time, this will attract ants if not cleaned.
To prevent this, you shouldn’t serve the snails rotten food materials.
This will help them live healthily and prevent ants from entering the snail house.
That’s it, with all these practices, and won’t come anywhere close to your snail farm.
In case you can’t remember them all, here is a recap of how to get rid of ants in a snail farm.
- Protect the snail house from children
- Properly cover the snail pens with nets or any other protective perforated materials.
- Plant ant repellant plants and flowers around the snail house.
- Ensure you treat the soil before using them for snail farming
- Apply pesticides and insecticides from time to time.
- Clean leftover food materials frequently.
- Remove unhatched snail eggs and particles of hatched eggs.
- Clear grasses and weeds regularly.
- Keep the snail pen moist
- Dig a trench and fill it with condemned oil or water.
- Do not feed the snails spoilt food materials.
Summary of how to get rid of ants in a snail farm
To get rid of ants in a snail farm, you must start with cleanliness, it’s the game-changer in ensuring ants do not take over the snail farm
Anything that promotes the hygiene of the snails and does not in any way affect them negatively is encouraged.
Clean the snail pen regularly, wash their feeding trough, always remember to remove leftover food materials.
Treat the soil before putting them into the snail pen, they can be insect inhabiting.
Do not allow children anywhere close to the farm, they could expose them in a bid to play with the snails.
I believe if you practice all these, ants won’t be an issue for you in your snail farm.
You will have an ant-free snail farm
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