Slugs & Snails


"Snails and slugs are among the most bothersome pests in many gardens and landscapes. The brown garden snail, Cornu aspersum (formerly Helix aspersa), is the most common snail causing problems in California gardens. It was introduced from France during the 1850s for use as food.

Several species of slugs also cause damage including the gray garden slug (Deroceras reticulatum,formerly Agriolimax meticulatus), the banded slug (Lehmannia poirieri), the three-band garden slug (L. valentiana), the tawny slug (Limacus flavus), and the greenhouse slug (Milax gagates)."  (M. L. Flint, C. A. Wilen, 2009.)

Recommended controls for slugs & Snails

Each control will have its own set of parameters that will be best suited for individual environments.  The controls recommended by the CHA may be applied for commercial and home horticultural practices. 

  Commercial farmers are required to reference their own state laws to ascertain if the recommended controls fall within compliance of their states regulatory guidelines.