Snails in your garden? Warm up your throwing arm, scientists suggest
In a two-year experiment involving a quantitative ecologist, an experimental physicist and hundreds of snails, the data demonstrated that relocating the mollusks at least 20 meters away was just as effective a pest-control strategy as using poisons. The results were published Friday in the journal Physica Scripta.
“Gardeners who dislike unnecessary slaughter will wish to know if it is in fact necessary or indeed useful to kill the snails they find,” wrote the study authors, David Dunstan of Queen Mary University of London (the physicist) and David Hodgson of the University of Exeter in England (the ecologist). “This study is primarily aimed at answering that question.”
I think the number of returning snails would be decreased if 20 meters away from the pitcher there was a batter