Slugs and Snails
Slugs and Snails

What are Slugs and Snails?

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.

Snails and slugs can be destructive to a homeowner's property, especially in gardens and on plants. They feed on leaves, stems, and fruits, which can damage or kill plants. In severe infestations, they can cause significant damage to crops and garden beds. Additionally, their slime trails can be unsightly and cause a slipping hazard. Effective pest management strategies, such as handpicking, barrier methods, and baiting, can help reduce their impact on a homeowner's property

What kind of slugs and snails are there?

One of the biggest issues with slugs and snails is their voracious appetite. These pests are known for their ability to consume large amounts of plant material, including leaves, flowers, and vegetables. This can be devastating for home gardeners, who may lose entire crops to these pests. Additionally, slugs and snails can also cause damage to the structure of your home, as they can chew through wood, insulation, and other materials.

Another problem with slugs and snails is that they can be carriers of diseases and parasites. These pests are known to transmit diseases such as meningitis and rat lungworm, which can be dangerous for humans and pets. Additionally, they can also carry parasites such as tapeworms and flukes, which can cause health problems in both humans and animals.

Overall, slugs and snails are a pest that homeowners should take seriously. If you are experiencing an infestation of these creatures, it's important to take action to eliminate the problem and prevent future infestations. This may include using chemical or natural remedies, such as slug bait, copper tape, or diatomaceous earth, as well as implementing preventative measures such as removing debris and controlling moisture levels in and around your home.

Why should I choose a professional pest control company to help me deal with snails and slugs?

Firstly, Alta Pest Control has a team of highly trained and experienced technicians who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise on different types of pests, including snails and slugs. They can accurately identify the species causing the problem and use effective methods to control and eliminate the infestation. Moreover, Alta Pest Control uses safe and environmentally friendly methods to control pests, which ensures the safety of your family and pets.

Secondly, choosing Alta Pest Control can save you time and money in the long run. If you attempt to control the snail and slug infestation on your own, it can be time-consuming and costly. You may need to purchase expensive equipment or chemicals, and it may take several attempts to eradicate the infestation completely. Alta Pest Control, on the other hand, has access to specialized equipment and techniques that can quickly and effectively eliminate the pests, saving you time and money in the long run. Additionally, we can provide ongoing maintenance and monitoring to ensure that the infestation does not return.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

Initial Service

Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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When it comes to pest control, we put our money where our mouth is. If we treat your home, and you're still seeing pests, we'll come back and retreat for free. We'll always have your back.

Snails and Slugs FAQ

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Are Snails and Slugs 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.

Why do I have a Slug and Snail problem?

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 and 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 Snails and Slugs

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!

How can I prevent a Snail or Slug problem in the future?

The best way you can prevent a future problem is to have a consistent pest control schedule throughout the year.


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