bug identity and control

Asked October 13, 2015, 8:55 AM EDT

I have these tiny little larvae hitting my front garage door and porch every morning. They curl up and die. I have to knock them off the garage door and porch steps with a broom and sweep them into the trash. Can you tell me anything about where they may be originating and how to eradicate them? Thanks,

Sussex County Delaware

3 Responses

These appear to be snails. Are the outer shells hard?
If not, spread them out and send us a photo of the extended insect.

ECN

yes, they are curled and hard. From where would snail larvae come? I live on the Eastern Shore near the beach, but have not seen these over the years. I'm wondering what I should be doing about the situation and what to expect in the future.

Thanks,

Bernie

With Mother Nature one never knows when one is going to have a lot of any one thing or even where they came from. Snails are out there, frequently unseen. When weather conditions are appropriate, numbers can explode. It seems that now is your time for snails. The following links cover snails and how to deal with them.

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/slugs-and-snails-flowers
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG92%20Slugs%20and%... It is not going to hurt to smash the ones that you see. It is possible that they came in on an import or new plant. vw