Citizen Reports Giant African Land Snail in Miami-Dade
December 11, 2015
Resident’s call to FDACS Helpline results in another giant African land snail find
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has had a team working full-time to eradicate the giant African land snail from Miami-Dade County since 2011. Periodically we sponsor billboards, newspaper radio and television ads, mall signs and other forms of outreach to remind residents to watch for and report the giant African land snail, one of the world’s most threatening invasive pests.
This week, a resident contacted the Helpline, 1-888-397-1517, to report suspected snails. He indicated he had obtained the Helpline number from one of our billboards, and it is good that he made the call. State inspectors found snails in an area of Miami-Dade where they had not been previously identified and began intensified inspection and ground treatments.
The giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world. Known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, it can devastate landscapes and agricultural crops. It also poses a serious health risk to humans and animals, because it is known to carry a microscopic worm that can vector a form of meningitis. It is illegal to import GALS into the United States without a permit. If you have seen one of these snails, please contact the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) helpline 1-888-397-1517.