Researchers from the portal dabasdati.lv asking residents noticed Arion lusitanicus, contact them. It is noted that the Spanish slug is an invasive species and in the absence of preventive measures can cause serious damage to the agriculture of Latvia.
Danger to human health this type of snail is not, but mucus may contain bacteria, E-coli, i.e., Escherichia coli, so before eating vegetables should be thoroughly washed.
The Spanish slug is most common in home gardens, in parks, and in neglected places in the bushes and tall grass.
As noted GSSR, Spanish slug, most likely, has appeared in Latvia as a result of human activity, i.e. was imported with plants, compost or soil.
These snails reach a length of 15 cm, their color reddish-brown or yellowish. Spanish slugs devour the leaves, causing damage to potatoes, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, salad, cereals, decorative plants and flowers.
The most effective way of combating them is to collect from plants in the early morning on cloudy days and destruction. This is especially important in the last days of summer and in early autumn, when the Spanish slugs lay eggs as this helps to reduce the spread of these pests in the future.