Have you had the unfortunate opportunity to see these giant snails? They’re invasive, and the county is doing what they can do eradicate them. Where did they come from?
According to the University of Florida, giant African land snails were first introduced to the state in 1966 as pets. They had been removed by 1975. Now the latest problem with these snails has been in the New Port Richey area of Pasco County.
The giant African land snail causes so much damage that they need to be eradicated from the area. These snails, ranging from two to eight inches long, cause damage due to their appetite for plants in our climate. However, there’s another issue.
These land snails also carry parasites that can cause meningitis. Because the species causes damage and poses a health issue, Pasco County is doing what they can to get rid of them.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a quarantine area “starting at the NW corner of US Highway 19 and Ridge Road, proceed E on Ridge Road, S on Little Rd, W on Trouble Creek Rd., N on US Highway 19.” The project has already begun using a pesticide called metaldehyde.
The last time this happened was in Miami-Dade County after they were found in 2011. They have since been eradicated in that area.
[Source: News Channel 8]