Fighting snails and voles: How to protect your garden from snails and voles

Once snails or voles have settled in the garden, they quickly become a nuisance. Find out here how to successfully fight snails and voles.


  1. Products for snail control and vole control
  2. Defense against snails: With these tips no snails in the garden
  3. Causes of snail infestation
  4. Vole Defense: Effectively drive voles out of the garden
  5. Detect vole infestation
  6. Action plan for effective vole control

1. Products for snail control & vole control

Snail trap:

Vole trap:

Drive vole away with ultrasound:

Suitable accessories:

2. Snails in the garden: With these tips, no snails in the garden

Tip 1: preventive floor care

Snail eggs overwinter and often consist of hundreds of eggs. For effective snail destruction of the snail eggs, you should look for and remove the eggs from the snails under buckets and other hiding places in autumn. The deep loosening of the beds in late autumn after the first frost is also effective in snail control. Our Tip: When clearing buckets in the greenhouse, be careful not to accidentally carry snail eggs into it.

Tip 2: Water your garden and beds correctly

Watering vulnerable beds should be done early in the morning and not in the evening. Snails are nocturnal and can no longer use the moisture to search for food. For successful snail displacement, it is recommended to water the endangered plants separately and vigorously only every few days instead of full irrigation. This means that the unwanted molluscs cannot find any larger areas and have great difficulty in getting around.

Tip 3: Kill by snail traps

An effective method is to set up effective snail traps. The reusable snail attractant traps, which are harmless to other animals, are placed near the endangered plants. The special attractant concentrate attracts the snails through the hole on the underside into the vessel - the snails remain trapped in the snail trap.

Tip 4: Encourage natural enemies

Chickens and ducks are excellent snail enemies and snail killers, but are only worthwhile for larger gardens and you should of course also ensure that they are kept appropriately. Toads, shrews, lizards, slow worms and idels also like to eat snails. An animal-friendly alternative is to promote beneficial organisms like the hedgehog. You promote the hedgehog through a heap of leaves in your garden that serves as a shelter and a fence that is accessible to the hedgehog.

Tip 5: Collect the snails

A very effective method and animal-friendly snail control is to collect snails. So that you don't have to search, you can offer the snails sleeping places and hiding places (like wooden boards around beds, upside down flower pots or roof tiles). It is best to collect the snails early in the morning or late in the evening after a warm rain and bring them into the surrounding forest.

Tip 6: Keep away from the snail fence

Snail fences are also very effective in keeping snails away from your garden and vulnerable beds. Snail fences mostly have an angled profile that the snails cannot overcome. Snails also effectively stay away from various fences, wires and chains made of copper.

3. Causes of snail infestation

Suddenly dozens of snails are in the garden and eat everything short and small. They do not stop at the laboriously created raised beds. These signs indicate a snail infestation in your garden. In order for the snail control to be successful, you first need to get to the bottom of the cause.

That's why snails are in the garden

Decrease in natural enemies: Natural snail enemies such as lizards, shrews or hedgehogs no longer have a habitat in modern gardens. Domesticated snail killers such as geese, ducks or chickens are often only kept in the barn and are no longer used in many farms. Natural enemies are very effective against snail infestation and also keep the natural balance going. With effective snail traps you can protect your garden without natural snail enemies!

Global warming & mild winters: The spread of snails is promoted by the warmer climate and the resulting mild winters. In very cold winters, snail eggs die, in mild winters even adult snails survive!

Breeding very susceptible plants: Due to the constantly new breeding of money-producing plants, no value is placed on the resistance of the plants. As a result, plants have spread in many gardens and fields that no longer have enough snail repellants. Our tip: Watch carefully which plants the snails like and which don't. From this you determine the selection of plants for the next few years that can be bred well and are not susceptible to snail infestation.

4. Vole defense: Effectively drive voles out of the garden

Voles that dig through the garden and root for the plant roots can become a real nuisance. Other animals such as beetles, larvae or insects don't care about voles, because voles are vegetarians. Whether roots of young fruit trees, plants or bark - all root vegetables are on the menu for voles. Here we tell you how to identify a vole infestation and which steps you can use to get rid of the rodents from your garden.

5. Detect vole infestation

Vole or Mole - Who lives in the garden?

Before fighting voles, you need to clarify whether voles are actually your new garden dwellers or whether a mole has settled after all. The mole is protected in Germany and Austria and must not be killed or disturbed. The vole is not protected.

Voles and moles throw up the well-known heaps of earth in the garden. If you find a hill, dig it up. If the pile of earth comes from a vole, the hole is not in the middle under the pile, but is slightly offset to the side. A storage room with plant remains also suggests a vole. Vole mounds are large, flat, and vole exits are at least nine inches wide and high oval.

Moles, on the other hand, tend to have smaller, pointed, conical molehills and the moles are rather flat and oval due to the wide feet of the animals. The mole is also not interested in plant roots, as it is a carnivore and prefers insects.

6. Action plan for effective vole control

Our action plan against voles protects your garden and plants from the annoying rodents:

1. Detect vole infestation - vole or mole?

The first thing you have to do is to ensure that you are vole mounds and not molehills. The mole must not be caught or killed in Germany and Austria because it is protected. Exemptions (e.g. for sports fields) must be obtained from the responsible nature conservation authority.

2. Select vole trap & vole bait

To combat voles, we have a range of effective products in our agricultural zone range:

Combating Killing Traps & Ultrasound vole traps:

3. Place the vole trap and vole bait correctly

Vole kill with vole spring gun:

Leave the vole traps outdoors for a day or two before use so that the "human smell" disappears. In addition, you can rub the traps with an attractive vole bait. Please wear gloves during all operations to avoid leaving a human smell.

The number of vole traps set up is also decisive for success: Set up enough vole traps in your garden in various vole exits. Place the loaded vole self-shot device with the muzzle in the exposed vault and then carefully cover it with earth. The vole will try to close the aisle again after a short time to keep out light and fresh air. Due to the high gas pressure of the special cartridge, the vole is torn apart in a flash and it is immediately killed in accordance with animal welfare.

Vole distribute with ultrasound Vole distributor:

A vibrating sound inside the stick with an interval of up to 30 seconds keeps burrowing rodents away from your property and garden. The Vole distributor Pulsar Solar has a circular effect with a radius of approx. 29 meters. The total effective area is approx. 650 m˛.

4. Remove and dispose of the vole that has passed away

Check the traps several times a day for the catch and properly dispose of the dead animals in the residual waste bin.

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