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Have a Slug & Snail Problem?

Description

Slugs and Snails are mollusks that move by flexing a muscular foot on the bottom of their soft bodies. Their foot secretes a slime that dries, leaving behind a silvery trail wherever they’ve been. They have two pairs of antennae on their heads. Their eyes are at the ends of the larger pair of antennae, which are located above the second, shorter pair used for smelling.

Snails also have a shell in which they can pull themselves into and hide when threatened or to hibernate. Slugs and Snails can be anywhere from 1/2” to 10” long, depending on their age and species, but most encountered slugs and snails are about 2” to 4” long.

Slugs and Snails destroy plants by eating the leaves, new growth and fruits and vegetables that grow close to the ground. Some will even eat pet food left outside.

Color

Brown, gray, yellow, black

Size

Varies

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Snails’ ancestors are one of the earliest known types of animals in the world. There is fossil evidence of primitive gastropods dating back to the late Cambrian period; this means that they lived nearly 500 million years ago.

Control Advice

Clear away dead leaves, bark and branches where slugs and snails can hide. Put potted plants on stands.

Active Seasons

Slugs and Snails are most active in spring and fall.

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