The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is on the lookout for the invasive giant African land snail in Coral Gables. With its lush vegetation and beautiful landscapes, Coral Gables presents perfect hiding spots for these unwanted pests. Starting this week, FDACS crews will be in the areas between the 3400 block of Grand Avenue on the east to Granada Boulevard on the west, and south to Solano Prado (north of Hammocks Park) informing residents about this snail. For your safety, FDACS inspectors always wear department-issued uniforms and carry photo identification. You will also see A-frame signs announcing inspectors are in your area. If you suspect you have seen this snail, please report it to the Division of Plant Industry Helpline by calling 1-888-397-1517.
The giant African land snail is one of most destructive pests in the world, consuming more than 500 different kinds of plants, and is a known carrier of the rat lung worm which can cause meningitis in both humans and animals. Since its discovery in September 2011, FDACS has been working hard to eradicate this pest from 32 sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
While the Giant African Land Snail Eradication Program has been successful in decommissioning 10 of those sites, we continue the vigilant search for the snail in areas where they may remain undetected. In one such initiative, the program is conducting visual surveys of front and back yards and providing informational brochures to residents.