The welcome rainfall in the last few days will bring out the snails and slugs to feed on the spring garden plants. Be prepared and make sure that snail and slug bait is put out in all the key places. During the day, they lay up in dark hideaways between rocks, under large leaves and amongst overgrown foliage. At night they move out into the open in search of tasty young new growth. They can be devastating to newly planted seedlings and relish newly emerging leaves like hostas and other soft perennials. Place the bait on open ground between the plants to be protected and their likely hideaways. This tempts the slugs and snails to feed on the bait before reaching the plants. Use sparingly at the recommended application rates. Put out more bait after each successive period of rainfall. It really is worth all the effort; there is nothing worse than finding prized plants ravaged by snails.