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Slugs and snails

Slugs and snails belong to a group of invertebrates called Mollusca. They are found all over the world and there are numerous different species. The way that we tell the difference between the two is that snails have a spiral shell on their back which they use to retreat in when they detect signs of danger. Snails have now become a pest but they were originally imported to this country from France for cooking purposes

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Where do they live?

As we all know slugs and snails live outdoors and are notorious for causing damage to plants and vegetation. Snails and slugs are mainly active on dark, damp, cloudy days and at night. Both slugs and snail need moisture to survive. On sunny days they will retreat to moist shaded areas.

During cold weather slugs and snails hibernate in the topsoil.

How do I know if I have snails or slugs?

A way of detecting that slugs or snails are present in your home is the tell tale shiny silvery slime trail which can be found on carpets and floors.

How do I stop slugs and snails coming indoors?

Eliminating slugs and snails is almost impossible so try and find their hiding places and try to eliminate them, this will make your garden less appealing to them. Watering your garden in the late afternoon will encourage them to come out and you can the simply pick them up and put the in a sealable plastic bag. Try to clear ground level vegetation which may be growing near windows and doors.

Another effective deterrent is copper tape or strips. These will give snails an electric shock as soon as they come in contact with it. Placing the strip on the floor by the doors will act as a barrier.

Unfortunately Exeter City Council does not offer a pest control service for slugs or snails. You can contact a private pest control company who might be able to assist.


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