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Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach to pest species control in which multiple practices are implemented throughout the growing season. IPM programs strive to monitor pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. Scouting and early detection are crucial for the success of such programs because once established, invasive species are extremely difficult to eradicate and can cause not only ecological disruption, but economic problems, as well. 

For many of the most economically important insect pests in agriculture, artificial lures have been developed. As a standard IPM practice, traps using these lures are a quick and convenient ways to monitor the populations of such pests.

Current control methods for exotic apple snails are not preventative, but expensive, and either ineffective (handpicking) or environmental harmful, blunt instruments (high rates of copper sulfate). Our environmentally-sensitive Snail Busters Apple Snail Trap (patent pending) not only greatly facilitates early detection of the presence of exotic, apple snails but also traps the initial infestation for removal. These traps can also be used to prevent the rebound of snail populations after a molluscicide treatment.  

The Snail Busters Apple Snail Trap (patent pending) is constructed of High-Density PolyEthylene(HDPE), a recyclable material that is light-weight but heavy-duty  – - resistant to corrosion and UV radiation. In short, it is designed to provide many years of service in the harsh aquatic environment.

This trap is most affective when baited with the proprietary Snail Busters Apple Snail Bait (patent pending), a non-toxic lure that Pomacea insularum simply cannot resist. In an area with a heavy snail infestation, hundreds can be captured overnight in each trap. 

The baited trap is placed in shallow water (1’-1 ½’ deep) in an area protected from wave action and near aquatic vegetation.  Anchored with PVC pipes, the traps should be placed no more than 50’ apart along the shoreline.

If the traps are checked daily, the optional floating grate may be unnecessary. The grate is essential, however, if traps are monitored and baited on a schedule that exceeds 3 days.

In areas currently free of exotic Pomacea, the traps can be used near boat ramps and incurrent streams for early detection. The apple snails appear to prefer to lay eggs on PVC pipe. The bright pink eggs of the exotic snails on white PVC can be easily spotted. As soon as eggs as observed the traps should be regularly baited and monitored.

Unlike funnel traps, incidental “bycatch” of fish, turtles, snakes, etc. is not problem because of the trap’s unique design. Because the trap and bait are non-lethal, native apple snails (Pomacea paludosa) can be sorted for release in areas where both the native and exotic snails exist. 

Remember to use gloves when removing the apple snails from the traps. The edge of Pomacea insularum is sharp enough to cause a laceration.

For more information on obtaining the Snail Busters Apple Snail Trap and Bait (patents pending), please respond in the “reply” area below, or directly contact us directly at 850/893-4652.

22 Responses to “Trap”


  1. 1 willie Stubbs May 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hi

    I am interest in the cost of purchasing a snail buster apple snail trap and bait.

    Thank you,
    Willie Stubbs
    Florida A & M University
    Environmental Sciences Institute
    Ph: (850) 412-7049

  2. 2 snailbusters1 May 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Willie! Greg Jubinsky said he had spoken with you. The cost of the Apple Snail Trap with 4kg of bait is $97.75. We have temporarily sold out but should have some available soon. Jess

  3. 3 Penelope Crawford August 6, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Would like to know if you have any apple snail traps at this time. Have been trying to keep the P.insularum from eating our victoria waterlilies by hand picking them from our pond(a daily ritual)and smashing their eggs. Every time we think we are making headway they get another waterlily
    Please let us know if you have one available and how to order it.
    Thank you,
    Penelope

  4. 4 snailbusters1 August 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Yes, Penelope, traps are available – - – and they work. Please call me at 850.893.4652 or email at jessvd@aol.com.

  5. 5 Alex & Vicki Cureton August 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Love the website, Jesse!!!
    First time I have read your entire website from beginning to end.
    Quite impressive!!! Good luck and keep up the good work!!!
    Alex & Vicki

  6. 6 Penelope Crawford June 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I put our trap out night before last and the next morning there were a couple hundred snails of all sizes both inside and outside the trap. I gathered them up, fed the small ones to our goldfish…they love ‘em crushed, and saved the medium and large ones for my helper who also loves them. In his pueblo they are very expensive and considered a delicacy.
    They bring them to a boil, take the foot out, clean and rinse them well, cut them up and put them in lime juice. They then add them to a sauce made from tomato, onion, garlic and cilantro. This morning I went out and again the trap was literally covered with snails. My trap had been placed in about a foot of water and two feet from shore so they are easy to get to. Ceviche anyone?

  7. 7 snailbusters1 June 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I am so glad the trap is working well for you, Penelope! That recipe sounds like the one for conch chowder which is a wonderful Bahamian dish, Penelope!! I must add that I’m glad he brings the snails to a boil. Though Rat Lungworm isn’t naturalized in Florida (yet), it doesn’t sound like a pleasant disease to experience. Please keep in touch! Jess

  8. 8 Bobbie G. Jones October 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    We have had apple snails for 2 1/2 years in the Forest Bend pond, which is private for the the people that rent or buy single family
    homes.
    The board did NOT decide to do anything!! The snails are so huge and multiply tremendously. Is there anything else that we can use
    in the pond besides the traps? The smell of the dead snail and /or the shells are gagging. My granddaughter is doing a science fair project on these snails. The snails even laid eggs in the set
    up she has made for the experiments.
    thank you, Bobbie G. Jones

  9. 9 Joel Ohmer August 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Do you have any traps available?

  10. 10 snailbusters1 August 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    We are currently sold out and are waiting for another large order (> 1000) before initating a production run. Thanks for your interest! Jess

    P.S. Sorry for the delayed response – - shoulder surgery

  11. 11 burt November 26, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Are they in stock?
    How much for trap and bait?
    can you buy bait seperately? How much?
    what size snails will it catch? I want big snails

  12. 12 snailbusters1 November 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Yes, traps and bait are in stock. A trap plus 4 packets of bait are $96.50 plus shipping. The bait can be purchased separately. The trap will catch very large snails – - as large as Pomacea gets. Call me at 850.893.4652. Jess

  13. 13 snailbusters1 November 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Yes, traps and bait are in stock. A trap plus 4 packets of bait are $96.50 plus shipping. The bait can be purchased separately. The trap will catch very large snails – - as large as Pomacea gets. Call me at 850.893.4652. Jess

  14. 14 Lauren January 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I am a grad student who will be using the invasive apple snail in my research. I will need to collect hundreds of the snail for feeding experiments, at the end of which all remaining snails will be eradicated. Would it be possible to get a discounted price for the traps?

  15. 15 snailbusters1 January 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I believe we can work something out, Lauren. I will be in touch. Jess

  16. 16 Bobbie G. Jones January 27, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I WILL CHECK AND SEE HOW MANY-IF ANY APPLE SNAILS WE HAVE. THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS IN OUR POND. BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT WE HAD, THERE MAKE NOT BE ANY-WILL DEFINITELY LET YOU KNOW. WE ARE IN FRIENDSWOOD TEXAS. BOBBIE G. JONES

  17. 17 ohmergenealogy March 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    will the bait attract Apple Snails?

  18. 18 snailbusters1 March 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Yes, Joel, the bait is designed to attract Apple Snails at least 50 feet away in the water. Thank you for your interest! Jess

  19. 19 Dennis Meritt August 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’d like to purchase a trap or two for some field work I’m doing in the Chaco of Paraguay with apple snails and snail kites. If you want a real field trial with native apple snails in their habitat this is the place. The species there is the real Pomacea canaliculata. Snails and their shells are sought out and eaten by the Chacoan peccary an endangered peccary species. Can you tell me trap cost and availability including shipping to a US address?

    With thanks and regards.

    Dennis Meritt

    dmeritt@depaul.edu

  20. 20 snailbusters1 August 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Dennis, The traps with attractant bait are $97.50 each, plus shipping (Average = $20.00). Let me know how I can help you! Jess

  21. 21 Silvia Yeung June 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

    We would like to buy 1 or 2 traps with attractant bait, how much for the shipping cost to Hong Kong? Please advise.

  22. 22 snailbusters1 June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Silvia, It was about $75US two years ago. You can contact me directly at jessvd@aol.com
    Jess Van Dyke


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The Snail Busters Blog was created to facilitate communication between aquatic resource managers who are fighting the spread of invasive, South American apple snails, specifically Pomacea maculata (formerly P. insularum) and P. canaliculata, in the U.S.

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