African snail menace on rise in Chithari village
Kanhangad: Residents at Chitari village here are continuing to struggle with the African snail menace which is on the rise during the monsoon.
The people complained that the authority has been ignoring their complaints on the issue.
“Since the last few years, this village has been haunted by the African snails. The snails are seen everywhere here. From farmlands to inside the house, these creatures are disturbing us,” said a native.
It is reported that the menace of African snails increased with the heavy rains. Shells of the snails and its waste are seen everywhere in the village.
“African snails cause severe health problems too. If it falls on your body, you will suffer itching and injuries,” said Ashraf Mumbai, a native and social worker.
As it continues to lay eggs, its number is multiplying day by day. The natives noted that neither the panchayat nor the agriculture department have taken any action to tackle the issue.
African snails can live in a dormant state for at least 3 years during adverse climate conditions.
Usually, the natives keep it away from houses by sprinkling salt. But a large number of snails are found on trees, plants and walls here. Hence, nobody can destroy it completely.