It turns out ducks can be more than just a cute bathtub toy. One Maltese farmer recently uploaded a video of a flock of ducks roaming around his fields, casually taking care of business in the pest department.
“Ducks are often kept for a dual purpose,” said Josef Farrugia, the duck-owner and man who uploaded the video. “Firstly, for the passion of raising ducks, and secondly, to control snails so they don’t cause damage to the crops in the field.”
And as you can see in the video, the ducks make quick work of any snails all up in Mr Farrugia’s crops
Mr Farrugia explained the ducks are usually kept in their own special area, and they aren’t suitable to be used on all crops. But when it comes to snails, they are a great form of defence.
“Any snails near the ducks’ area are quickly cleaned up, and every now and then I let them roam freely around the other fields,” said Josef. “They are a natural remedy to the snail’s venom, and it stops other animals like skinks and hedgehogs eating their venom.”
“Apart from all of that, ducks are pretty cheap,” he ends.