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New method being used to eliminate damaging giant African snails

New method being used to eliminate damaging giant African snails
New method being used to eliminate damaging giant African snails
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Updated: 8/30/2013 10:26 am
MIAMI, Fla. --The giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world. A new method to track the snails down has helped eliminate thousands of them.

The giant African land snail is eating hundreds of plants and could be eating parts of people's homes, such as stucco and plaster.

The U.S. and Florida Departments of Agriculture said they're using dog detector teams to find the snails in areas they couldn't access before.

"They have collected 128,000 specimens of these snails," said Adam Putnam of the Florida Commission of Agriculture.

The pest was first found in Miami-Dade County two years ago.

The U.S. Government and the state of Florida have spent more than $6 million to try to get rid of the snails.
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