Successful Business Planning

United States Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. "Two of the biggest challenges facing new farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital. Capital needs range from buying the farm itself to financing your business. USDA and its partners have many tools that you can use when taking these first key steps."


Snail and Slug Control

University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources.

These California Statewide IPM Program guidelines describe how snails and slugs damage plants and offer methods for eliminating or managing these plant pests. Snail and slug management techniques include landscape and garden planning, handpicking, traps, barriers, natural enemies, and baits.

This article by Becky Long discusses "least-toxic strategies" to control slug and snail populations. (Journal of Pesticide Reform, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 22-23. Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, 1996.)

Slugs and Snails  ( pdf | 124 KB )

University of Maryland. Cooperative Extension Service.

This Home and Garden bulletin describes non-chemical and chemical control strategies for slugs and snails, including the brown garden snail, helix aspersa.


Snails in the Classroom

Mollusk Decision Matrix  ( pdf | 15 kb )

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

"The Mollusk Decision Matrix may be used as a guideline for educators when deciding which snails or slugs to use in their classroom. The matrix lists ten snail and slug species and the specific states in which the USDA will authorize interstate movement. Contact your State Plant Regulatory Office or the Pest Permit Evaluation Unit when in doubt."