Snail Invasion

 

Channeled apple snails are a threat to Florida waterways.

These snails are larger than the friendly native apple snails in Florida. While the native snails are food for birds and animals, the invader is baseball sized and quickly destroys aquatic plants.

The channeled apple snail's native habitat is in South America but it has spread into the other parts of the world including the southern states of Texas, Florida and up into central Ohio. And is making it's way to Australia as well.

The presence of this snail is ominous because it can destroy every living thing in the waterway that it inhabits.

While not as serious a threat, home gardeners are plagued by slugs and snails.

Common garden slugs can be easily controlled without poisons which can be dangerous to children and pets.

 

Sources:

http://www.sunsentinel.com/news/local/florida/orlsnails1106oct11,0,6239978.story?coll=sfla-news-florida

http://www.apluswriting.net/garden/slugs.htm

http://www.apluswriting.net/rssnewsfeeds/homeandgarden/slugtips.htm

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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