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Photo of Grapevine Snail (Helix pomatia) by J�rgen Schoner, courtesy of Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org.

Slugs and snails feed on a variety of plants, leaving ragged, irregulary shaped holes in the leaves or devouring entire seedlings. Plants with soft, succulent leaves (like hosta, lettuce, peppers, marigolds and dahlias) are their favorites. If there are ragged holes in your annuals, perennials or vegetables but you see no insects, slugs and snails have likely been dining in your garden. Slugs devour foliage while snails eat decaying organic matter.

Slugs and snails emerge from winter resting-places to begin feeding in the spring. They lay egg masses repeatedly through the warm months. The eggs hatch in four weeks and mature in several months. Slugs and snails need cool, moist conditions to survive. They typically spend the daylight hours hiding under leaves, rocks and sticks - just waiting for cool, wet evenings when they come out and feed. Slugs and snails may also feed during the daytime on cool, overcast days.

For tips on how to control these pests, please download our care sheet below. (Requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader from www.adobe.com).