Giant snails are invading Florida and the government is bringing in forces to combat the monsters. Commissioner Adam H. Putman announced on Thursday, August 29 that canines specifically trained to detect the invaders have now been put into action. The battle between man and beast has been warring for a couple of years with over 128,000 of the Giant African Land Snails, known as GALS, being destroyed.
Dogs will sniff out the enemy snail to win back the county.
Although it may sound like a bad horror film, the Giant African Land Snails really have been plaguing Florida areas in the Miami-Dade County. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services the snails were first spotted in Miami-Dade County in 2011. In the past couple of years snails have been found on 576 properties in 21 areas within the Miami-Dade County with no sightings outside of the area. The dogs, along with more effective bait, will allow more snails to be discovered and exterminated in vicinities that have been hard to reach before.
The new addition of teams of dogs trained to sniff out the GALS has been added to a better acting bait as well as schedules that accommodate more successful collection of the invasive snails. Work has continued with designing more efficient traps along with discovering techniques to rid the snails of their hiding places.
Public knowledge and assistance is a vital element in winning the war against the snails.
Educating the public through special outreach efforts is an important component in eradicating the harmful and dangerous snail. The awareness program has resulted in property owners helping the government find about 85 percent new GALS sightings. The wage of war against the snails seems to be finally being won by the humans, with the GALS population down greatly from one year ago. In accordance with the federal guidelines the battle will be declared finally won two years after the collection of the last Giant African Land Snail is found.
The invasive species of Giant African Land Snails calls East Africa its original home and is among the largest snails in the world, growing up to eight-inches long. Living up to nine years, 1,200 eggs can be created by the adult snail each year. Not only is their size enormous but so is their appetite. The GALS cause damage to nature as well as structures eating 500 and more different plant types as well as consuming plaster from buildings in their quest for the calcium that creates their large shells. Health is a vital component in the reason to annihilate GALS. GALS along with other kinds of snails and slugs transport a parasite that, when transmitted to humans and animals, can cause a type of meningitis.
Keep pet dogs safe along with their humans and let the professionally trained come in to gather up the shelled adversary. Those who spot the invasive snail should immediately contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 888-397-1517. Courageous dogs and people unite once again in battle against an invasive enemy in order to save the homeland. Everyone should share in protecting their home environment. Never be afraid to dance.
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