Slugs and snails are two of the most destructive garden and landscape pests that plague property owners. Both are part of the Mollusca phylum and are very similar in appearance. The main difference is that snails have an external spiral shell, and slugs do not. Both species move by gliding on what is called a muscular foot. The muscle secretes a slimy mucous that helps them move smoothly across the ground and along plants as they travel.
Are slugs & snails dangerous?
Slugs and snails are not dangerous to people, but they are a danger to our gardens, crops, and landscape. They feed on a variety of living plants along with decaying plant matter. Their rough tongues create smooth holes in leaves and flowers. Snails and slugs cause damage to seedlings, fruits such as strawberries, tomatoes that grow close to the ground, lettuce, herbaceous plants, and even the bark of young trees.
A large infestation of slugs and snails can cause devastating and costly damage to gardens, orchards, and crop fields. One of the best ways to tell snail and slug damage apart from other garden pest damage is by the presence of their silvery slime trails.
The main reason that slugs and snails have found their way onto your property is that it's providing them with suitable sources of food and shelter. Areas of moisture on your lawn and other places that are close to food sources attract them.
Where will I find slugs & snails?
Slugs and snails are mainly outdoor pests. They hide in damp, dark areas like under landscaping ties, fallen trees, woodpiles, mulch, and thick vegetation. Slugs and snails are nocturnal pests and emerge from their daytime hiding spots to forage for food in gardens and flowerbeds during the overnight hours.
How do I get rid of slugs & snails?
For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to getting rid of slugs and snails from their property, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that effectively eliminates slugs, snails, and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family-owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our slug and snail control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!
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