In the Sunshine State, the primary range for land snails is South Florida, which has consistently warm temperatures. Most land snails prefer moist climates and semi-aquatic habitats. Some of Florida’s common snail species are exotic — not native to the state — and are considered pests in urban gardens. Snails were brought to the U.S. from Europe in the 1850, with the idea that they would be a food, like they are over there. Instead, they became a prolific and very destructive pest.
According to the University of Florida, there are two common garden snails in the state — the garden Zachrysia and the Banded Caracol. The Zachrysias Snail is a family of air-breathing land snails found throughout much of the tropics. A number of species are known from Central and South America and some Caribbean Islands. Three introduced species occur in Florida. The Banded Caracol Snail is a very distinctive species and cannot be confused with other species occurring in Florida due to its large size and banded color pattern. Although the introduction was first recorded in 1919, the presence of viable populations of this large species remained unknown until it was rediscovered in 1991. Both snails, originally found in Cuba, were introduced to South Florida in the early 20th century. Garden Zachrysias,feast on small fruits and ornamental plants, while Banded Caracols, eat algae and decaying plants. Banded Caracols have shells that are 1 1/2 inches long. Garden Zachrysia shells are approximately 1 inch long.
If you live in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, or anywhere in Southwest Florida and are annoyed by the presence of snails around your home and would like to rid yourself of this pest, call our office or look up our website at collierpestcontrol.com for information about our Snail repellant treatment. Remember Florida does not have to be shared with pests.