Scientific Name: Rumina decollata
Number of Organisms: 1,000/cup
*Recommended for control of Brown Garden Snail
Rumina decollata will eat through their shipping containers within 24 hours; therefore, we suggest you place them in their new home as soon as possible.
Target Crops: Citrus and Ornamentals
Preferred Pest Stage: Immature
Sex Ratio: Hermaphrodite
Fecundity: Average 500 per individual
Longevity: 1-2 years
Orchards: Release 5 to 10 Decollate Snails per tree.
Landscape/Homeowners: Place at least 10 Decollate snails per square foot for good coverage.
Orchards: Place snails in shady, moist areas (under tree canopy, leaf litter, or emitter).
Landscape/Homeowners: If you are applying snails to a ground cover area, place them over the ground cover. Shake the cover with your hand so the snails fall through. Protect seed rows and newly set out transplants from Decollate Snails. Established ground covers, shrubs, etc. have no problem. **Caution- Some vegetables, such as cabbage and lettuce can be damaged slightly by Decollates.
Timing: The best time to release is during the winter months, December to March.
Release in an area where the soil is moist most of the time but not in standing water. They can drown.
An alternative food source is alfalfa pellets and rabbit food dusted with limestone. This aids in the reproduction of the snails
The Decollate snail is a burrowing snail, so don't get discouraged when you cannot find any for long periods of time. They tend to dig into the ground and seal over in response to dryness.