It is the beginning of the rainy season – Giant African Snail season!!! All hands must be on deck!!!
The general public is hereby reminded that the Giant African Snail problem is a national one of mammoth proportions. • All home owners in infested areas must take responsibility for collecting and killing snails found on their property. • Land owners must ensure that unoccupied lands do not become overgrown and provide refuge and breeding grounds for this invasive pest. • Communities must work together for best effect. • Farmers should keep their farms free from excess bushes and debris that harbor the snails. • To help prevent further spread, movement of top soil, ghaut sand, and other such material from infested areas MUST be with permission from Plant Protection.
With the recent rains, the Giant African Snail is expected to be very active, with population expected to peek by September. Therefore, be reminded of the following ten (10) point management and safety plan:
- With gloved or covered hands, collect all sizes of Giant African Snails, dead or alive, and place them in a garbage bag or container. Pour salt on the snails, then cover or tie the container to prevent escape. Always wash hands with warm, soapy water after handling snails. 2. Snails hide at the roots of high grass or in bushy areas. They also seek refuge in heaps of debris and garbage. In wet conditions, snails climb up on fences and the walls of houses. Remove and collect snails from walls. Where possible, remove all snail hiding places from the infested area. 3. Do not play with the snails or use them as pets. 4. Eggs should be crushed or scooped into the collection container. 5. Seek advice from Plant Protection on whether your location is suitable to be treated with molluscicide (i.e., snail bait). If approved, purchase the chemical in its original packaging that clearly states the use and safety instructions. Plant Protection can assist with the safe application of the bait. 6. Always thoroughly wash fresh fruit and vegetables from infested areas before consuming. 7. Do NOT move infested material, including snails, topsoil, debris and sand, from infested areas without permission. Contact Plant Protection for advice on safe disposal or removal. 8. Check vehicles for hitch-hiking snails before leaving infested areas. 9. Report all new Giant African Snail sightings. 10. Inform Plant Protection of any observed natural control of the Giant African Snails (i.e., sick snails, animals feeding on or killing snails, etc.).
AS A NATION, WE ALL MUST PLAY OUR PART TO RID ANTIGUA OF THE GIANT AFRICAN SNAIL!!!! For further information, kindly contact the Plant Protection Unit at 764-1255, 764-7378, 5622776 or 462-6776/7 OR via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.