|Cuban Land Snail|
Controlling such pest problems is a chore. There are excellent synthetic pesticides to control most every pest problem, but many of them are non selective, and some are risky to use around pets, children, vegetable gardens or near water supplies. Organic pest controls can be effective, but are often very short-lived and require a lot of labor to get good pest control. For instance, horticultural oil / soap sprays are very effective, but last only a few days, the same for cinnamon or sulfur sprays. You will have to determine the risk-reward ratio that works for you. If you have no pets or children to protect, and you want rapid and protracted control, then modern chemistry may be a good solution. Many organic farmers simply plant extra plants to allow the pests some food, which become food for predators like lizards and birds. The University Extension Service has great information about organic or low-impact pest control.
|Brown Slug- a 'shell-free' snail|
|Sphinx Moth Caterpillar- large and devastating|
|Bush Snail and edge-damage|
|Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed|