Feeding preference of Achatina fulica attacking vanilla and its management through barrier substances

K VANITHA, P KARUPPUCHAMY, P SIVASUBRAMANIAN

Abstract


The present study was conducted to understand the most preferred feeding site on vanilla and the most preferred host for the the Giant African snail, Achatina fulica B. On vanilla, terminal leaves were most preferred followed by bottom leaves. Among six different hosts tested, cauliflower and cabbage leaves were highly preferred by the snails which can be used to attract snails from vanilla field in future. Besides, the present investigation also indicated that barrier substances can also be used to arrest the movement of snails from one place to another. Among the four substances tested, copper sulphate even at 3cm thickness and common salt at 6cm thickness were found to be very effective barriers against these snails.

Keywords


Giant African snail; bait traps; vanilla

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