Common Garden Snail
(Cornu aspersum)

Introduction

The Common Garden Snail is a herbivore that feeds on plant matter and will come out at night or after rainfall, the snail provides an important role for the ecosystem. Although disliked by farmers and gardeners for destroying fruit and vegetables, snails actually consume a lot of decomposing vegetation too.

Description

Brownish body, covered in slimy mucus, Large thin shell, Shells will have brown, yellow, chestnut colours
Adult shells have 4 - 5 whorls.

Biology

30 - 120 at one time,Does not need a mate to reproduce
Can live for 1 - 5 years, depending on habitat

Food

They prefer to feed on starchy or decaying foods, and can get most of their water consumption from their surroundings and food they eat.

Habitat

They can be found under manholes in sewers, under flat roofs, basements, between wood, brick, even in gardens.

Reasons for control

Nuisance: Snails are usually noticed by the trail marks that they leave behind when in the home. These can be found in basements by back doors and the kitchen area.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Trail Marks
Snails will leave a shiny trail behind them

Know your options

Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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