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Ask the Expert offers you the opportunity to ask questions about the evaluation and treatment of snail infestations or for that matter any snail related queries.

You can either email your question to us using the form provided, we will make every effort to respond to you within 24 hours or if you prefer a more personal touch contact our AVCASA accredited SlugPro Expert, Arnold du Preez on 071 485 2550 during office hours.

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applesSlugs and snails are a serious pest in fruits. Snails feed on fruits from early spring to the middle of summer resulting in crop damage. During mid to late summer they seek shelter from dry, hot conditions. Snails seeking shelter among trees and leaves can end being harvested which can result in the downgrading of fruits.

Use SLUGPRO to assess populations. Once the level of risk and required dosage is established, include recommended bait of either SLUGGEM®, SLUGGIT® or SLUGGER® snail bait pellets. Applications should be done early autumn before conditions become favourable to start feeding and mating. This is a very important time for snail control. In Spring when snails have come out of hibernation, bait right after application of herbicides.

Continue to monitor the crop via SLUGPRO after applications and make follow up applications if necessary. Continue snail monitoring even if numbers are low, as numbers can increase rapidly over a short period.

An even distribution is important to ensure targeted species come into contact with pellets as soon as possible. Calibrate your equipment accurately. Cultural Control practices can help reduce your pellet requirement.

During 2015 the Nadorcotts were badly affected by snails – the first time ever that we had this type of snail damage on Kruisrivier.

The other cultivars did not seem to attract as many snail

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