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Snails and Slugs

Snails and slugs feed on the leaves of many plants, especially seedlings and, later in the season, on ripening fruits and vegetables. A variety of techniques are often necessary to reduce snail and slug populations.

garden snail slug in garden damage to leaf from slug
Snails and slugs prefer cool, moist, shaded sites. Remove debris from your garden to make it less friendly. Both snails and slugs secrete mucus to facilitate movement, leaving behind a slimy trail. Slugs use file-like mouthparts to rasp and chew plant tissue, creating irregularly shaped holes.

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[Photos, left to right:   ; Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Bugwood.org]

 
It is the policy of the State of Maine to minimize reliance on pesticides. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Maine IPM Council encourage everyone to practice integrated pest management and to use pesticides only as a last resort. The mention of pesticides in the fact sheets linked to these pages does not imply an endorsement of any product. Be sure that any product used is currently registered and follow all label directions.