Slugs & Snails Identification

What are slugs & snails?

Slugs and snails are two of the most destructive garden and landscape pests that plague property owners. Both are part of the mollusk phylum and are very similar in appearance. The main difference between the two is that snails have an external spiral shell, and slugs do not. Both species move by gliding on what can be described as a muscular foot. The muscle secretes a slimy mucous that helps them to move smoothly across the ground and along plants as they travel. 

 snail crawling on a leaf outside of a home in tukwila washington

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.

Why do I have a slug & snail problem?

The main reason that slugs and snails have found their way onto your property is because 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 is effective at eliminating slugs and snails as well as 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 slugs & snails in the future?

With the help of the professional services you’ll find at Alta Pest Control along with the following tips, you can prevent slugs and snails from becoming a problem on your  Spokane, WA property.

  • Do not overwater your lawn and garden areas.

  • Make sure gutters are in good working order and are directing water away from your home’s exterior.

  • Place potted plants in plant racks that are up off of the ground.

  • Create a stone or crushed rock barrier between any mulch or soil and your foundation.

  • Plant garden areas a distance away from the outside of your home.

  • Keep piles of firewood, trashcans, and compost bins up off the ground and store them away from the outside of your house.


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