The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

APHIS Establishes Two Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail December 16, 2014

APHIS Establishes Two Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica)

To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying stakeholders of one new regulated area (Zone W) for giant African snail (GAS) in Miami-Dade County, Florida and one new regulated area (Zone X) in Broward County, Florida. Program personnel recently detected GAS in these areas that were outside of existing regulated areas in Miami. The revised map and description of the new regulated areas are posted at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/gas-quarantine

In September 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of GAS in a residential area of Miami, Florida. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops. Since the initial detection, APHIS has worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities within the affected areas.

For further information, please call:

National Operations Manager Anthony Man-Son-Hing at 919-855-7331 or
National Policy Manager Charles Brown at 301-851-2119.

 

Rat Lungworm Confirmed in Giant African Land Snail Sample in Miami-Dade County October 29, 2012

Filed under: Education,Extension Agent & Horticulture,Plant disease — Vanessa @ 9:07 pm
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Scientists with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Plant industry (FDACS/DPI) have confirmed rat lungworm parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, in samples of Giant African Land Snails (GALS) collected as part of the ongoing eradication program in Miami-Dade County.

“The confirmation that a small portion of the giant African land snails infesting Miami-Dade County contain rat lung worm is not surprising, however it is disturbing,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

Rat lungworm parasite can be found in snails or their “slime” (mucus), and if ingested may cause a form of meningitis.

Please, avoid handling the snails and instead  call the Division of Plant Industry toll-free helpline at 888-397-1517 to report snail sightings.

State and federal agricultural agencies have been conducting an aggressive eradication program since the giant African land snail was identified in Miami-Dade County in September 2011.

(Click in the hyperlink to see the life cycle of this parasite) Lungworn parasite life cycle

  • To date, more than 88,000 snails have been collected on 400 positive properties in 18 core areas of Miami-Dade County.

 §  GALS has not been found outside of Miami-Dade County.

Remember: identify the pest you are dealing with!!!

If you have questions, contact you local UF/IFAS Extension office

Your agent

Vanessa

 

Giant African Land Snails (GALS) One year later! September 17, 2012

WOW! I was able to scout for Giant African snails and here is a proof of it!

Please click: Giant African Snail: A year later! to read the article I wrote for the Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) about Giant African Land Snail status in Miami-Dade County.

Giant African Land Snail (GALS) in Miami

For more information/ Para mas información.

Go to: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/

Your UF-Extension agent

Vanessa