Slugs and Snails in the Winter Landscape
One day in late February I was busy with some flower garden clean up when I noticed multiple clear, round eggs nestled among the roots of a dead Formosa lily stalk. Going by a photo I submitted, the NC Plant Disease and Insect Clinic identified the eggs as belonging to slugs or snails (Gastropods, in the Class gastropoda). Slugs and snails do get started early in Eastern NC!
Pesticide baits are available, the most familiar containing the active ingredients metaldehyde or methiocarb. These are carbamates and are toxic on contact or ingestion. And as Frank notes, these products are also toxic to pets and children. Frank suggests the bait material be inconspicuous, and sprinkled over the area rather than arranged in piles that pets and children might notice. Iron phosphate (Sluggo) is another option, with good efficacy against snails and slugs but less mammalian toxicity.