Hello, community! I live in Kalush, Ukraine. It is located in a picturesque region called Prykarpattia. Nearby are the Carpathian Mountains, where we often go to rest or hike.
This year our region was attacked by snails. This morning I took a picture of a friend to share with you. Their number has greatly increased. There are many of them in the forest. When I go for mushrooms, it is difficult to find a mushroom that has not been eaten by a snail. There are many of them in gardens and orchards. They eat everything except garlic.
Apparently, such an invasion of new snails is evidence of climate change or other human activities.
By the way, in the villages around Kalush, these snails can crawl even into people's homes.
Of course, there are several ways to deal with them. However, they help only locally and temporarily. In general, so far the number of these snails is constantly growing.
It will be interesting to see how their population will be affected by winter. The last two winters in my area have been very warm. It seemed that I did not live near the mountains, but near the sea. Probably such warm winters allowed this species of snails to increase the population so much.
One version says that these are Spanish snails and they came to Ukraine with seedlings. Who knows.