As moist autumn conditions trigger snail activity in cropping regions, growers are being encouraged to bait before the pests begin reproducing.
South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) researcher Helen DeGraaf said now was an opportune time to bait snails as population numbers continued to climb across the state.
Snails are expected to be a significant problem in the southern cropping regions as a result of above-average rainfall and high-yielding crops.
Well-timed baiting is essential to ensure an effective kill while snails are feeding and before they commence breeding and laying eggs.
While monitoring snails on the Yorke Peninsula, Ms DeGraaf said in the mornings both round and conical snails moved up from the ground and attached to stubble to wait out the warm day before reactivating at night.