Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica): Two additional regulated areas in Florida established
Date posted: 07/18/2013
Contact: Anthony Man-Son-Hing, Field Operations Manager, at (919) 855-7331, or Charles Brown, National Program Policy Manager, at (301) 851-2119
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying stakeholders of two new regulated areas for Giant African Snail (GAS) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Program personnel recently detected GAS in two residential areas outside of existing regulated areas in Miami. The revised map and description of the new regulated areas are posted on the APHIS website at:

In September 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of GAS, Lissachatina fulica, in a residential area of Miami, Florida. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops. Since the initial detection, APHIS has actively worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities within the affected areas.
Under IPPC standards, Lissachatina fulica is considered to be a pest that is transient: actionable, and under eradication in the United States.