Should I Get Rid Of The Slugs And Snails Around My Sonoma County Yard?

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If snails or slugs are frequent visitors to your yard, you are likely wondering about the damage they can do and whether or not you should try to get rid of them. Slugs and snails in California are common pests that love damp, moist habitats like your garden and yard. 

This article will dive into the world of slugs and snails to help you better understand these creatures. We'll also review techniques Sonoma County pest control companies suggest to help prevent snails and slugs. Read on to learn more about these slimy pests and the best way to control them from the pros at California Exterminators Alliance.

What's The Difference Between Slugs And Snails?

Both snails and slugs belong to the class gastropod, which means "stomach foot," and it's a fitting name because they are pretty much just a stomach gliding on a slimy foot. They are both voracious eaters who treat your plants and garden as a buffet table.

The most apparent difference between slugs and snails is that snails have a protective shell, while slugs do not. Snail shells help to protect them from predators and keep them from drying out in the sun. 

The lack of a shell may seem to leave slugs defenseless, but in some ways, it benefits them. Slugs can quickly burrow into the moist soil to protect themselves. If you have trouble figuring out how to eliminate slugs or get rid of snails in the garden, contact us at California Exterminators Alliance for assistance.

Is It Bad To Have Slugs And Snails In My Yard?

Some snails and slugs are native to our area and can be beneficial because they eat the debris in the garden, and their feces creates natural nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Most slugs and sails that cause problems are invasive species. Invasive snails in California cause the most damage to plants and can be incredibly challenging to eliminate.

The worst characteristic of both pests is that they are often hosts for dangerous parasites that can harm people and pets. Even small snails and slugs can carry thousands of parasites which can spread to people from mucus on garden produce or accidentally by touching them and then touching your mouth. Contact us at California Exterminators Alliance if you need help identifying or removing these pests.

How Can I Prevent Slugs And Snails Around My Home And Yard?

Slugs and snails prefer moist habitats and show a preference for certain types of plants. The following tips can help to prevent all kinds of snails and slugs from making a home on your property:

  • Keep your property mowed and remove organic debris, such as damp leaves.
  • Be careful not to overwater your yard and garden.
  • Remove plants like ivy and ground succulents to make your yard less attractive to them.
  • Sometimes, planting herbs with strong scents near vegetables and ornamentals can help to keep snails away from plants.

If preventative measures aren't enough, and you are still finding different types of snails and slugs around your plants, it is time to call in the pros. Contact us at California Exterminators Alliance for help dealing with slugs and snails.

Can The Professionals Help With My Slug Problem?

California Exterminators Alliance's technicians know how to get rid of snails on Sonoma County properties, and we can help you to keep them from returning. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.