It’s National Spinach Day and that crop of delicious greens you’ve been nurturing might disappear overnight.  The culprit?  Likely snails and slugs; they love to eat plants with tender foliage and fruit. Favorites include seedlings and plants with succulent foliage; they seriously damage many vegetable and flowering plants.  These mollusks (related to the octopus!) move by gliding along on a muscular “foot.”  As they move, the “foot” constantly secretes mucus that helps them move and later dries to form the silvery slime trail.

They’re not only on the ground – they’ll climb trees to feed on foliage and fruit, especially citrus.  Learn how to manage these little garden pigs.

Visit our Bugs Page to learn more about managing insect pests. 

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