Plantwise Factsheets for Farmers
Pawpaw leaves and cassava peels to trap snails
Recognize the problem
the leaves of many plants, particularly vegetables such as beans and
cabbages. They make holes in the leaves and often leave a trail of clear
slime where they have moved over the leaf or ground. They can eat entire
snails move slowly, it is relatively easy to collect and remove them from
plants. However, they can be difficult to find during the day time because
they hide when the sun is shining. Snails find their food by smell. They move
towards the smells they like most. For example, snails like the smell of
pawpaw leaves and cassava peels. People normally do not have use for their
pawpaw leaves or cassava peels so they just throw them away. The idea is to
attract snails away from the vegetable plants using pawpaw leaves or cassava
Prepare traps to attract
and collect snails.
- Gather at least 1 kg of
fresh pawpaw leaves or cassava peels. If you have access to both you can mix
pawpaw leaves and cassava peels for best trap effects.
- In the evening, place the
material in a pile on the ground at the corner of the vegetable plots, about
1 every 10 metres.
- Be sure to place the
pawpaw leaves and cassava peels about ½ up to 1 metre away from the plants
you want to protect.
- The piles are about the
size of a football.
- Early in the morning
before the day becomes hot, you will find many snails gathered around the
- Hand-pick all the snails
around and under the pawpaw and cassava peels.
- Destroy all the snails
collected. This can be done by crushing them, feeding to pigs, or boiling and
- Refresh the trap with
new pawpaw leaves when old ones begin to wither and become dry.
The recommendations in this factsheet are relevant to:
Plantwise Factsheets Library app
Get all of the factsheets and pest management decision guides from this website in an offline format via the Plantwise Factsheets Library app.