This species will prey upon the Brown Garden Snail and is sold as a beneficial predator, however, if there are no garden snails to feed upon it can become a serious pest of emerging seedlings and bedding plants.
Snails and slugs move by gliding along on a muscular “foot.” This muscle constantly secretes mucus, which later dries to form the silvery “slime trail” that is a clue to the presence of these pests. Slugs reach maturity in about a year. Snails and slugs are most active at night and on cloudy or foggy days. On sunny days they seek hiding places out of the heat and sun; often the only clue to their presence is their silvery trails and plant damage. Snails and slugs feed on a variety of living plants as well as on decaying plant matter. Managing snails and slugs involves a combination of strategies, such as handpicking, habitat modification, barriers, traps, baits, and commercial molluscicides.
One popular type of do it yourself
bait is the beer traps.
Snails and slugs do not like to cross barriers made of certain metals. Copper strips around the base of a container or as a protective ring at the base of the plant has been proven helpful. Barriers of diatomaceous earth, sand or ashes provide only temporary control.