These GALS Ain't Pretty

A recent detection in Miami-Dade County has the nursery industry concerned especially if you are bringing plants up from Homestead to sell.  The Giant African Land Snail or GALS are one of the most destructive snails in the world.  They can eat over 500 different types of plants, can cause damage to stucco, and can harbor nematodes which can transmit menengitis.  Here is a pest alert from USDA http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/plantinsp/images/pa_phgas.pdf  and here is more information than you probably care for.  It is a link to DPI's GALS page with pictures and factsheets.  Below is a picture of the damage on ornamentals from GALS.

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