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Noknowgrow
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Looking for help identifying pond snail Reply with quote

Moved to my new house in January and after living in a large housing estate 500 houses to a small holding I'm new to all aspects of gardening but getting there do today I decided to tackle the pond it's clogged with weed and whilst pulling the weed I came across this snail there are loads of them. I would be very great full if somebody could tell what they are and if there a help or a pest. I'm using my phone so can't post a pic but the snail is black in color about a inch long one end of the shell is a sharp point. I could email a pic but can't post it. Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out pond expert for advice without a pic sorry cannot help,
http://www.pondexpert.co.uk/pond-snails-inyourpond.html
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like there here to stay the beer trap isn't going to work on a half a acre of pond. Thanks for you help
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dont worry about them they are part of the ecosystem and are probably doing more good than we are, they are not monsters which will seek you out at night, relax and enjoy whats around you.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one you have is the Great Pond Snail, which is a pest in a pond.

The Ramshorn Snail, with a flattened shell, which looks like a catherine wheel is beneficial.

I tried to get all the snails with tall, pointed, spiral shells out of my pond but as the pond is 90' long, it was a loosing battle. The recommended method is to float some lettuce leaves on the water overnight: in the morning they'll be covered in snails and then you can do with them what you want.

I found I was running out of lettuce leaves! And I could still see little snails on the pondside vegetation. I gave up and let nature take its course.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one you have is the Great Pond Snail, which is a pest in a pond.

The Ramshorn Snail, with a flattened shell, which looks like a catherine wheel is beneficial.

I tried to get all the snails with tall, pointed, spiral shells out of my pond but as the pond is 90' long, it was a loosing battle. The recommended method is to float some lettuce leaves on the water overnight: in the morning they'll be covered in snails and then you can do with them what you want.

I found I was running out of lettuce leaves! And I could still see little snails on the pondside vegetation. I gave up and let nature take its course.

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