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Why Are The Garden Snails Burying Themselves?

Why are the garden snails burying themselves

Originally brought over by the Romans, and every gardener’s worst nightmare, snails.

The fact you’ve clicked on this article suggests that they’ve been burrowing themselves.

I want to talk about why they do this, why it’s a problem, and what to do about it.

Why Snails Are Bad

Snails are not good for your garden because they’re vegan.

Snails will munch away at all of your plants, whether that’s flowers or vegetables.

After spending hours trying to make sure your garden is as beautiful as you can make it, these guys come along and ruin everything.

Or perhaps you’re growing veg. You work so hard for your dinner. Just to find it gets eaten by snails.

That veg should be on your plate, not eaten by snails!

Why The Snails Bury Themselves


One reason for snails burying themselves is the weather. Snails love the rain and will dry up if they’re out in the sun for too long.

Often, to stop themselves from being exposed to the sun for too long, and to give them extra moisture, they will bury themselves in the ground.

This will give them both protection from the sun and enough water.

When the sun dies down a bit, or if they’ve had enough water, they’ll come back up to the surface.

This will usually happen in the evening when the sun dies down, but of course, it can happen before then.

They Lay Eggs

Another reason why snails bury themselves is to lay eggs.

Snail eggs are very fragile and delicious for birds and carnivorous insects.

To protect their eggs from the weather and predators, snail mummies will bury them underground.

As well as keeping them safe, the soil will also give them the water they need to survive.

Although most of them will probably die, the mother gives birth to hundreds to increase the chances of at least some of them surviving.

Although baby snails are terrible for your garden, even I have to admit; they are kind of cute.

Why That’s Bad

If you find that snails are burrowing themselves, you need to get the issue sorted.

If they’re burrowing due to the weather, there’s a great chance they’ll start munching on the roots of your plants. This can damage the whole plant.

But it’s when they’re burrowing to lay eggs that you ought to become very concerned.

Every snail gives birth the hundreds of babies. This means hundreds of more snails to eat in your garden.

I know it sounds nasty, but you need to kill the baby snails when they’re still babies.

God, I feel nasty, just saying that.

Birds – Why You Should Attract Them

The best thing that you can do to deal with snails is to attract birds.

Birds love snails, and they won’t damage your plants.

Smaller birds will be particularly fond of smaller snails.

And because of their beaks, they’ll be able to fish them out from under the soil.

You want to send a message to all the other snails around, that your garden is a no go zone.

By attracting birds to your garden, you’ll be able to deal with your snail problem.

How To Attract Birds

The best way to attract birds is by using bird feeders.

This will send a message to them that your garden is the kind of place they want to be.

And what better way to lure anyone than with food?

You can either put seeds into a glass bird feeder, or you can simply hang balls of fat with seeds inside.

Birds are very keen on both of them.

You could also try having a birdbath so they’ll have somewhere to wash their little feathers.

Having a birdhouse will also provide them with both shelter and a social club.

Snail Killer

Some of you might be tempted to use a store brought snail killer.

These are little pellets that you put around your plants that kill the snails.

There’s no denying that they do the job. But there are a few reasons why birds are better.

  • The pellets will leave a bunch of dead snails lying around your garden- Yucky!
  • The pellets could damage your soil.
  • The pellets can be dangerous for other animals, too, including birds, carnivorous insects, and even pets.
  • They can be very expensive.

Pellets are a good idea if the snail issue is completely out of control, but most of the time, it’s much better to attract birds.

Why Are The Garden Snails Burying Themselves? – Conclusion

Snails are horrible creatures, and when they bury, it’s time to worry.

But thankfully, the issue can usually be solved with some help from our feathered friends.