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Land and water-dwelling molluscs with over 100,000 species, which usually carry an enclosure. Most snails are herbivores, in vineyards they can do considerable damage by eating away the young leaves in spring. They mainly occur in damp weather (after a rain). At harvest time, snails can contaminate the grapes. In Central Europe, the snail (Helix pomatia) is widespread with several species, which is considered a treat and is also bred for this purpose. It has a light brown, round housing and is not only found in the vineyard. Snails are made by special pesticides like molluscicides and also fungicides fought. An unusual form of ecological control of snails by badgers is in the South African wine-growing district Robertson practiced. See also under Vine enemies,

Snails - vineyard snails

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