Late in 2014 we advised industry of the exotic pest detection (Spiked awl snail) in a heated greenhouse in Auckland. MPI instigated an investigation and have recently advised that in mid-March a population assessment survey was carried out and no live snails were found. A number of shells were located but also confirmed as being dead. Molluscicides are continuing to be used in the vicinity of the original detection, and further surveys are planned.
Reminder - If you find a pest or disease that you are not familiar with, call MPIs Exotic Pest and Disease hotline 0800 80 99 66.
In December we advised of an issue involving the detection of the Spiked Awl Snail (Allopeas clavulinum) in a heated glasshouse in Auckland. With the holiday season, tracing forward has been slowed, but there is now only one location which has not yet confirmed the presence or absence of the spiked awl snail. All other sites have come up negative and MPI are currently looking at the one known population in Auckland.
Once the population has been delimited, intentions are for the eradication of this snail at the known location (or locations).
If you see something looking like the image here, call MPI’s Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline 0800 80 99 66.