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NM weather brings out the latest pest invasion

Created: 07/17/2014 10:14 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico's indecisive weather is bringing out the latest pest invasion.  The grasshopper invasion seems to have passed, but now we are noticing a much slower, slimier critter.  Snails are loving the recent moisture.

The Bug Man Richard Fagerlund says the drought snapping into monsoon brings out the snails. 

"Now they're hiding in the drought because it's so dry out, so we get some rain like we've been getting and they all come rushing out," Fagerlund said.

He says they don't do much harm except for eat your plants.  His advice is to buy a pesticide called diatomaceous earth.  It's a white powder that you sprinkle around your plants.

Fagerlund says there is another alternative that you might already have in your home...beer.

"Snails will crawl in there and get drunk and die," Fagerlund said.

The Bug Man says if you have dogs, it is crucial that you not use snail pesticide with metaldehyde.  He says dogs are attracted to it and if they eat it, it can kill them.


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