Now for the real news, South Florida faces a severe problem with invasive giant African land snails, leading to a quarantine order in Broward County’s Miramar community. These snails threaten Florida’s $8 billion agriculture industry, consuming over 500 different plants and chewing through materials like stucco, plastic, and street signs. They also carry parasitic rat lungworm, causing meningitis and significant health risks to humans. The Florida Department of Agriculture is implementing an eradication plan using snail bait and a plant-safe pesticide. Compliance with the quarantine order is crucial for preventing further spread of these snails. It remains unclear how they arrived in Florida, though the pet trade may be responsible. This dangerous invasion puts Florida’s agriculture, infrastructure, and human health at risk. That’s all I’ve got. Get the rest, tap the link in our bio.
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