An adult Pacific banana slug crawls across a forest floor. This slug species, which does not live in Pennsylvania, are often bright yellow in color but also may be greenish, brown, tan or white. The Pacific banana slug is the world’s second-largest species of terrestrial slug and can grow up to 9.8 inches in length.

Although some readers may enjoy escargots a la Bourguignonne served in a fine French restaurant, most gardeners will exclaim, “Snails! Ugh!”

What is it about these creatures that upset folks so? In a word — slime. Oh, don’t forget the fact that snails and slugs love to eat seedlings, hostas, lettuce and other desirable garden plants.

Gibson has been a Penn State Extension Master Gardener of Columbia County since 2003.

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