Graceful Awl Snails Are Resilient
graceful awl snail
The scientific name of graceful awl snails (大錐蝸牛) is Allopeas gracile. Its shell can grow up to 10 mm in length. The snail body is yellow in colour and its shell is transparent. Sometimes eggs can be seen in the shell. It can munch on small plants.

Due to its tiny size, it can spread quite easily and is very hard to get rid off. It can hitchhike a harvested vegetable and land in a new territory to start a large population Before buying a potted plant, see that there is no such snail in the pot. Before putting kitchen waste in the compost bin, make sure it does not have the snail. The snail can survive even if the soil is put in the bag and store away for one year.

Although handpicking, limestone powder, ash and metaldehyde can kill some snails, it will not be exterminated. When it appears in a pot, the best way to get rid of it is to remove the plant, and discard or bake the soil. Seed meal of tea oil camellia (Camellia oleifera) is effective in killing them. If it appears on the land, it is more difficult to exterminate and can only be biologically controlled by predators like two-tone gulella (Huttonella bicolour).

Posted: 2016-12-28; 2017-11-27 by Ong Seng Aun.
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