1. Physical removal


In 2007-2008, hand-picking of the eggs and adults of P.insularum was instituted on Wellman Pond (15 acres), east of Tallahassee, Florida. This method was very labor-intensive and, ultimately, discouraging. Trapping the adults and dislodging the eggs proved to be the best solution. However, the goal of eradication proved elusive. 

2. Chemical


In the U.S., the only active ingredients potentially toxic to snails that is labeled for aquatic use are copper sulfate and chelated copper (Cutrine, Komeen, K-Tea and Captain). In cooperation with FWCC and SJRWMD, Dr. Bill Haller used copper sulfate at 3 mg/L (150 lbs/acre) in 3 acres of Newnans Lake (5,800 acres), south of Gainesville, Florida, on November 12, 2007. There was heavy mortality on the P. insularum, but Bruce Jaggers (FWCC) noted eggs in the vicinity in 2008.

3. Trapping


We trapped and removed 4 tons (!) of P. insularum from Wellman Pond (15 acres), east of Tallahassee, Florida, from April to July of 2008. In doing so, the recent plantings of aquatic vegetation ($565,000)survived the year. The traps and bait have been continually refined to the point that the creators have a patent pending. They will be available to all in the Spring of 2009. Check out the “Trap” page on this site.


3 Responses to “Control”

  1. 1 Sunitasharma May 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Best method to control snailpopulation is the biological control by using the co inhabitant enemies of snails like insects, crustaceans,fishes and aquatic birds. chemical method of control is expensive temporary and non-friendly to the environ ment.

  2. 2 Michael Massimi May 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Which insects, crustaceans, fishes and aquatic birds do you recommend, and where can I get them?

  3. 3 Oriol November 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Is effective the control by using fishes and aquatic birds?
    Please Sunitasharma let me know more information about your experiences .

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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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