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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.

Giant African land snails

Giant African land snails are shown to the media as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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]

The “Eat to the Beat” concert series takes place during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Complete 2022 Epcot Concert Series Lineup

  • July 14 and 15 - Baha Men

    Best known for “Who Let The Dogs Out,” the Baha Men also had a hit with a cover of “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

  • July 16 to 18 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    With a revival of swing a few years back, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has had feet moving at their live shows since 1989. The had one charting single, “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” but every one of their songs can get you moving.

  • July 22 and 23 - Tonic (NEW)

    They had a smash with “If You Could Only See”

  • July 24 and 25 - Jeremy Camp (NEW)

    A giant in inspirational music.

  • July 29 and 30 - Taylor Dayne

    Taylor had a run of hits such as “Tell It to My Heart”, “Prove Your Love”, “I’ll Always Love You”, “Don’t Rush Me”, “With Every Beat of My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” Not too shabby!

  • July 31 and August 1 - Tiffany

    The legendary Tiffany (that’s how she was introduced in the past at Epcot…) still has it.

  • August 5 to 8 - Joey Fatone & Friends

  • August 12 and 13 - The Devon Allman Project

  • August 14 and 15 - Christopher Cross

    Another classic artist who had hits including “”Ride Like the Wind”, “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”.

  • August 19 and 20 - Journey Former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri

  • August 21 and 22 - Air Supply

  • August 26 and 27 - Blanco Brown (NEW)

    He topped the U.S. Country Chart with “The Git Up”

  • August 28 and 29 - 98°

  • September 2 and 3 - Southern Avenue

    A Memphis blues band, Southern Avenue formed in 2015.

  • September 4 and 5 - Kris Allen & David Cook

    Two “American Idol” alums join together at Epcot.

  • September 9 and 10 - Hoobastank (New for 2022)

  • September 11 and 12 - Jimmie Allen

  • September 16 and 17 - Los Amigos Invisibles (New for 2022)

  • September 18 and 19 - American Authors

  • September 23 and 24 - BBMAK

  • September 25 and 26 - Postmodern Jukebox

    Okay, there’s no individual song that can truly tell you who Postmodern Jukebox is. You can go through their YouTube channel to find lots of songs in different styles, and that’s what they do, so many different styles.

  • September 30 and October 1 - Stokley (New for 2022)

  • October 2 and 3 - Shelia E.

    Known for being a percussionist with Prince, Sheila E. was also successful on her own.

  • October 7 and 8 - Mark Wills

  • October 9 and 10 - .38 Special

  • October 14 and 15 - Robert Randolph Band (NEW)

  • October 16 and 17 - Newsboys (NEW)

  • October 21 and 22 - Ray Parker Jr. (NEW)

  • October 23 and 24 - Billy Ocean

  • November 4 to 7 - Boyz II Men

    Boys II Men Celebrate 20 Years Of Music At Disney World In Florida

    This isn’t Boyz II Men’s first trip to Disney. This handout photo shows Boyz II Men members (L-R) Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman joining Mickey Mouse on stage at Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate the release of the R&B vocal group’s 20th anniversary album, entitled “Twenty”, in 2011. The celebration took place at Epcot after the R&B group performed at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’s “Eat to the Beat” concert series. (Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

  • November 11 and 12 - Kenny G

  • November 13 and 14 - Sugar Ray


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