To think it's not normal to have slugs in the kitchen and I'm not making a fuss about nothing?

(77 Posts)
lecce Sat 20-Apr-13 21:28:11

Came down this morning to see a fairly big one on the kitchen floor sad. Surely no one wants to see this, right? I have a phobia of them anyway. I avoid saying the word (it made me cringe to type it just now and I can't look at it now I have.) I avoid walking past them if I can and cannot imagine ever touching one.

Our last house (we moved 2 months ago) had them coming into the kitchen angry. I thought it was because it was Victorian, rather than modern. It was the one and only thing I hated about the house and used to make me scream each time it happened (every now and then).

Dh has always been unsympathetic sad. He knows about my phobia and the first time one came into our last house I absolutely screamed the house down. It was my worst nightmare - one of those things in my home. I had never had it happen before and was totally unprepared. Dh came running downstairs but, when he saw the problem, was dismissive. That is how he has always been. He will get rid of it but always makes a comment (snappy or sarcastic, depending on his mood). If one came in while he was out, I would have to pour a heap of salt on it and then leave it. That would also provoke a comment 9 times out of 10.

This morning, when I saw that this is happening in this house too, I got very upset and tearful. Dh said sarcastically in a fake teary voice, "Oh, I wish we hadn't moved here, it's ruined. Oh no!" Then told me I needed to forget about it.

AIBU to be upset that they get in and to be even more upset with dh's reaction?

PregnantPain Sat 20-Apr-13 21:29:09

YANBU he sounds a complete knob

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Apr-13 21:32:01

I don't understand how they are getting in? I might get a random one if I've had the door open all day, but they don't just appear over night for no reason.

Hassled Sat 20-Apr-13 21:32:15

Weeell - you need to acknowledge it's an irrational fear, and your DH needs to acknowledge that just because a fear is irrational, it doesn't make it any less scary. I do sympathise - I am irrationally afraid of mice and rats. The sane part of me does understand they won't actually eat me alive, but my gut reaction is to run around screaming.

Have a google of phobias - see if you can find something about how people react to their phobias. It may help your DH understand a bit.

Raum Sat 20-Apr-13 21:35:38

We use to get them, the get in via very small external spaces near our patio doors. Have sorted it by sealing around all of the external doors in the kitchen. Its not a pleasant sight in the morning so I completely sympathise. His is being lazy and unreasonable

I hate them too, but the salt thing is so cruel.

Just get a huge wad of kitchen roll so you can't possibly feel it, pick it up and throw it out of the door.

maras2 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:37:58

How very unkind.Is he so dismissive of other things that bother you?I dont like slugs either and my DH does his best to make sure that they don't come in the house,because that is what husbands do when they love you,not take the piss.Actually since we no longer have cats nor a cat flap the slug problem is diminishing.

Floggingmolly Sat 20-Apr-13 21:39:33

Put some of that mouse mesh over your air bricks. Should stop them getting in.

Misssss Sat 20-Apr-13 21:39:50

I hate them too - probably the only thing on earth that I'm actually afraid of. the thought of them makes me shudder.

The house I lived in when I was a student had them occasionally. Check for gaps and seal them with silicone. I sprinkled salt liberally behind the kickboards and sealed those too. It can be a sign of damp. Maybe if you mention that to your idiot DH then he might take it more seriously.

Lovelygoldboots Sat 20-Apr-13 21:40:04

I was plagued with them and used to get them in the kitchen, on worktops, truly gross. It was a gap near patio doors which we sealed and I put soda crystals in all the little crevices. Havent seen one of the slimey bastards since. I do sympathize.

apostropheuse Sat 20-Apr-13 21:41:02

We've had a couple get in very tiny spaces at the back door. I will need to look at having it sealed. In the meantime you could put salt on your doorstep to prevent them entering.

Your "D"H is a bit of an arse. You can't help if you have an irrational fear. Unless you experience that type of fear it's difficult to understand how seriously frightened you can get.

He needs to be a bit more understanding and one of you needs to find out where they're getting in and seal the hole.

DoTheBestThingsInLifeHaveFleas Sat 20-Apr-13 21:42:23

We had slugs on our last cottage. They came in the back door if I left it open during the summer nights (small village, no fear of drug addicts stealing TV etc) and once through the cat flap that was stuck open (they didn't push it). They used to eat the cats IAMS. They were really amazing and they can open their gooey mouths really wide and fit a whole cat biscuit in, and they even have teeny tiny sharp teeth!!!

Theala Sat 20-Apr-13 21:45:08

Pouring salt on them is really really cruel.

If you have a phobia, then sort it out. YABU if you expect everyone to work around your phobia.

We used to get them in our old house, which was a very old rickedy house with lots of little holes for them to get in. We used to find the slug trails right along the hall carpet and into the living room. Urgh! We started completely covering the outside border of the kitchen with salt which seemed to work.

We get them in the garden of our current house in the summer, thankfully they haven't made their way inside yet. I do put salt down by the front and back doors during the summer though just to be on the safe side.

ceebie Sat 20-Apr-13 21:50:47

We had them when we first moved into our house. I was like a mad woman every evening with a torch in one hand and pollyfilla in the other. It's actually really hard to see their trails on many surfaces but a torch picks them up quite well. The trails were mostly along one side of our kitchen and the adjacent downstairs toilet and I religiously pollyfilla'd up every little nook and cranny I could find. We also killed all the ones we found. It took a several months but eventually they were gone - not seen one for 4 years now. I don't know whether it was because we had eventually killed all the ones in/near the house, or whether it was because I had blocked all possible routes in, but anyway, they're gone!

Fakebook Sat 20-Apr-13 21:54:42

This is where watching Mr Bloom pays off. Egg shells or gravel just outside your kitchen door will stop them crawling in.

lecce Sat 20-Apr-13 21:55:36

Thank you for the replies. Nice to know IANBcompletelyU. I know this is an awful thing to say, but, at the moment, I just do not care how cruel the salt thing is. There is simply nothing else I can do. There is no way I could pick one up in a whole roll of kitchen roll, no way. I shudder to even think about it. The poster who described them eating cat biscuits, with teeth, has also made me shudder smile.

I probably should address the phobia but I don't have any spare time whatsoever at the moment, and I think dh should be more supportive. Theala, he doesn't have to do much to 'work around' it. He needs to get rid of them for me and we are talking every few months, not him having to drop everything several times a day to bail me out.

I am so angry with him today.

MadamePenguin Sat 20-Apr-13 21:56:18

I hate slugs, though luckily I'm not very afraid of them.

We never had a problem with slugs until a few years ago I was walking through the kitchen in the dark in my bare feet when I felt something squelch under my foot. I turned on the light expecting to see some dropped food, but then screamed the house down when I saw the squashed slug.

Now we seem to have weeks of slugs then weeks without slugs. When I see them I get them to slither on to an empty raisin boxes then put them outside. Was not happy this morning though when DS1 woke me up at 5:00 shouting "Mum Mum Mum" and I opened my eyes to see a rasin box with a slug on it that he was waving milimetres from my face.

Anyway, YANBU, it's not nice having them in the house, and your DH should be more sympathetic, knowing you have a phobia.

MissSusan Sat 20-Apr-13 21:56:52

We get them in our house, we put copper tape around the window sill and window, it gives them a small shock but doesn't kill them, you can get it from most hardware shops.

MissSusan Sat 20-Apr-13 21:58:06

Ooh does gravel work too ? Will try that as an extra deterrent.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 20-Apr-13 22:00:17

We had them in our student house, I did the barefoot squelch thing once too. Not good.

Could you set traps? We bought some slug traps for the garden and put beer in, if you had one in the kitchen they might end up in there instead of on the floor?

FacebookWanker Sat 20-Apr-13 22:00:41

We had them in one of our recent flats. DP did not believe that I have a phobia. I was absolutely terrified and it still haunts me now. I was sure I could hear them sliming around our bedroom (yes, bedroom) at night. The night I found trails on the side of the bed, I lay there with my heart beating so fast, I thought it would pop out.

They were everywhere. In every fucking room. I used to scream very time I saw one. DP would come running and say "is that it???" I used to have to put a cup or something over it and wait for DP to get rid of it. Anything with slug slime on it had to be disposed of.

When we moved out a painstakingly checked every item for slime before packing. I was also paranoid that we would take a slug with us that would go on to reproduce. (I don't think they need a mate????)

Even the word makes me shudder. I used to have nightmares about them too. Think I need help?

I've had mice in the past and they never made me feel this way.


NumTumDeDum Sat 20-Apr-13 22:02:27

I had them in a rented house. I couldn't work out how they were getting in, it turned out they were coming in through the overflow in the sink.

ceebie Sat 20-Apr-13 22:03:30

Endo, the worry with that is attracting more into the house!

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:06:02

Your husbands reaction doesn't seem very pleasant. Phobias aren't rational by their very nature and yours is <those things we won't mention> so there is no real reason for him to be so unkind about it.

However, the things really do get in and I don't know how. My very first lovely house had THEM in the kitchen alllll the time. Wasn't damp, was clean etc. etc. but I could come down in the early hours (when getting up with baby dd) and find 10-12 of them. I was told they were coming in through the air bricks but tbh they can get in anywhere in a house where there is a space. Not nice for you to hear of course but it isn't uncommon.

Chicken wire over air bricks and any obvious cracks/gaps can stop them sometimes.

CaffeDoppio Sat 20-Apr-13 22:06:28

I loathe them too - and although they've never made it into the house I do get plagued by them outside. I solved it by doing this one simple thing - they love cucumber and bread (and many other things too!) so I just put these things at the bottom of the garden and it keeps them busy all night long! Seriously - they'll eat almost anything so pre-empt them by giving them something to eat. It'll solve your problem overnight.

ilikemysleep Sat 20-Apr-13 22:07:12

We get them (Edwardian house) in the dining room and occasionally the kitchen, mainly in Spring and Autumn. We have no cellars and I think that contributes, they come up through the tiny holes around the radiator pipes. They also, believe it or not, squash themselves completely flat and get in under our patio doors. I console myself with the knowledge that if we have to have pests, they are not a bad one to have - carry no diseases and are easy to remove. I pick them up in kitchen roll and put them in the bin - I can't actually kill them, especially if they are babies, as most are.

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:07:50

Oh and I think you can get a tape from DIY shops, I think it is copper or aluminium? Not sure, but I think it can prevent them.

CaffeDoppio Sat 20-Apr-13 22:10:43

I tried that Green. It doesn't work. I knew it wouldn't before I parted up with the fiver to buy the bastard stuff! Seriously - food is what they want. Give them food. Problem solved.

WorraLiberty Sat 20-Apr-13 22:10:53

Try to work out where they're coming from/breeding.

We had them last year for the first time ever and it turned out, they were coming from behind the unit under the it must have been damp.

We chucked a couple of slug pellets behind it, and so far so good.

As for your phobia, anyone who screams/cries/shakes about slugs, spiders or any other creature...really needs to take control of themselves and get the phobia seen to.

It's not enough to let it continue and expect those around you to take control for you.

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:11:36

ilikemysleep I have to ask, how do you know that most slugs are babies?

WorraLiberty Sat 20-Apr-13 22:13:15

Green you can tell by the size of them whether they're babies or adults.

I think ilike was saying most of hers were babies?

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:13:23

Ah Caffe I didn't actually use it myself because they don't personally bother me but someone recommended it to me after I had mentioned bare foot squishing one betwixt the toes whilst warming a bottle grin

FacebookWanker Sat 20-Apr-13 22:14:36

On the plus side, it cured me of my fear of spiders. I used to sleep with a mosquito net and check my shoes before butting them on because I was so frightened.

I'm not strange. Honestly.

deleted203 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:14:41

Your DH sounds like my Ex! You can't help a phobia and having a go at someone or mocking them sarcastically is less than helpful. (I'm horrendously claustrophobic).

When we went honeymoon I had the most horrendous panic attack on the plane about the fact that I was shut in a metal box with people sharing my air (and we couldn't just open a window smile). Stewardesses were very kind to me and getting me to breathe into a paper bag to stop me hyperventilating. Ex announced loudly in a superior voice, 'This is's all in your head'. When I raised my head and screamed 'I KNOW IT'S IN MY FUCKING HEAD! IT'S A PHOBIA YOU MORON!' he didn't speak to me for the next 3 days because he was mortified and furious at my behaviour!

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:14:59

Worraliberty but then, how big do the grown ups get?! Like a foot long?! I'm jesting just a little but how do you know it isn't just a small adult brown slug or a baby black slug? The mind boggles grin

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:16:19

Where those medium sized speckled greeny ones come in the line up I cannot imagine....

b4bunnies Sat 20-Apr-13 22:17:32

slugs in the kitchen. it happens. twice in my fifteen years in this (1960s) house, gone to the kitchen in the dark, bare feet, and stood on a juicy slug. urgh.

CaffeDoppio Sat 20-Apr-13 22:17:54

Shit Green - that's turned my stomach and reminded me of when I did exactly that last summer. Barefoot - stepped out of back door onto patio - cold slimy squelch.............. <<<<lavish vomit>>>> - Oh yuk - it's like it happened yesterday!
I do agree with worra about getting 'phobias' under control. Nobody can do it except you. Yes, you can do it. You might think you can't but you can. You are bigger in mind and body than any insect/worm/whatever that you think you are afraid of. Take control and take your life back.

Lousmart Sat 20-Apr-13 22:18:01

Very common. Can I ask, do you have a cat? I've not read all the replies so sorry if this has already been mentioned. Slugs love cat food! If you have cat food on the floor, lift it up at night. What also helps is a low voltage plug in night light in the room they like to roam! They don't like light! Egg shells, gravel and sharp stuff near where they come in stops them too. Very, very common though, but very gross and annoying too! grin

CaffeDoppio Sat 20-Apr-13 22:19:24

Green - the grown ups - well, mine anyway - can easily be four or five inches long. And a fetching colour that sits somewhere between 'dogshit brown' and 'ravers neon orange'. Bad. Very bad.

Lovelygoldboots Sat 20-Apr-13 22:20:08

I have done the barefoot squishing as well. It really is gross. The thing is, I have come down in the middle of the night to find 10 of them in the kitchen.....but they are never there in the morning. They are clearly superior beings. I just don't want them on my worktop grin

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:21:54

Sorry Caffe grin It was many years ago in the fog of newborn 3 am haze where you could stand on a rhino and carry on, yet I remember pulling strings of slime off my toes whilst doing the bottle with my other hand. (Sorry OP!)

FacebookWanker Sat 20-Apr-13 22:22:04

When I was reading up on them, I read that cat litter helps. Dehumidifies are supposed to be a miracle cure, but it didn't work for us.

They enjoyed our cat's food....

CaffeDoppio Sat 20-Apr-13 22:22:34

Here comes that vomit again.............


GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:23:53

Ooh YY to whoever said cat food. If cat had ever left a scrap in his bowl they would be in there eating it. Gawd i'm starting to make myself feel slightly boaky.

Trazzletoes Sat 20-Apr-13 22:32:20

We get a couple of them in the kitchen floor every night over summer. I tried salting one once and could practically hear it screaming in agony.

Never again. I now get rid of them like a spider - glass and a postcard.

If you can afford it, you need to get some nematodes every 6 weeks.

When we had our washing machine replaced there were loads of the little evil baby tiny slugs everywhere. Disposed of them but the big ones come in underneath the door and through the air bricks.

I have found them in the dishwasher before and even some trails over the cutlery in the cutlery drawer <boak>

GreenPeppercorn Sat 20-Apr-13 22:35:01

Look, I find it really distasteful to hear baby slugs being referred to as evil. You can't possibly assign an adult emotion such as "evil" to a baby slug. Really you need to look at the parents of the said slug and have a word with them. It takes a village....

BoffinMum Sat 20-Apr-13 22:41:48

He is so looking for a slug in his pants drawer, that man. wink

CalamityJ Sat 20-Apr-13 22:43:07

I moved into a share house and was told not to leave any washing up on the draining board overnight or slugs would be on it in the morning. Sure enough most mornings there they'd be. I looked in the cupboard below the sink & there was a big hole in the bottom of the cupboard where the sink tap had leaked. There was also a bag of soil (why??). That was how the slugs had been getting up from the foundations onto the draining board. I removed the bag of soil and called the landlord who repaired the cupboard. No more slug problem. What was wrong with the others living in the house share?? Why didn't anything of them do anything about it?? I guess they didn't have as much of a problem with slugs as I do. YANBU smile

yonisparechangemr Sat 20-Apr-13 22:44:34

Getting rid of slugs: Get ducks!!! grin

I got 6 last year from a farmer friend cleared the lot!

Getting rid of Dh shitty attitude hmmm maybe some immac in his shampoo and tell him he is being irrational about his fear of balding? wink

Disclaimer: I do not really want u to do this! B4 I get bombarded with naughty poster stuff wink xxx

Mumsyblouse Sat 20-Apr-13 22:48:12

Your husband is really horrible, it's not a big deal to help a person with a phobia, my husband has to help me with mine which involves taking time off work and sitting with a screaming person for hours on end and he's always done it. I even once went to some student girls house because they were scared of spiders and knocked on the door having hysterics - I went round and caught it for them (it was huge!) He's horrible and I would be having words with him about it.

MadBusLady Sat 20-Apr-13 22:48:37

Your DH is being a knob.

When you're sealing up gaps, don't forget to check around the pipes for w/machine and d/washer - that's how they were getting in in our last place.

Bit puzzled by the posts telling you to deal with your phobia and stop making people "work around". It's hardly interfering with daily life to get someone else to dispose of a slug.

mum23girlys Sat 20-Apr-13 23:38:39

Can sympathise re slugs. Sold and moved 8 months ago. I thought 'haha have our slugs' only to discover even bigger ones two weeks later in our new kitchen. They are vile. However I know where the are coming in and have pelleted them to bits :-) Not seen one in months. My dh leaves them to me but I hate disposing of them. Boak they basically puke up then slide along on their spew

mum23girlys Sat 20-Apr-13 23:40:22

Ps - Ours come in through the under floor ventilation

Maryz Sat 20-Apr-13 23:45:20

We get them in under our kitchen door. They seem to be able to get through the smallest spaces.

We solved it by putting a slug trap (with beer) on the kitchen step - obviously beer is more attractive than our kitchen bin.

CointreauVersial Sun 21-Apr-13 00:00:53

I pick them up in a tissue and flush them down the loo (cruel).

I used to live in a student house with a slug-infested basement kitchen. We sprinkled slug pellets around just before we went home for Christmas, and we came back to about 30 dead bodies, urgh.

I saw one in Italy a couple of years ago that was about 8 inches long. We all gathered round and took photos.grin

RiffyWammal Sun 21-Apr-13 00:12:45

We have them all the time in our kitchen too. I guarantee if I go in there after dark when the light's been off there will be several on the floor, feasting on bits of cereal etc that have been dropped. I don't particularly like them but I don't mind them too much either. Sometimes I feel generous and give one a cornflake - if you bend down you can actually HEAR them munching!

Anyone who has a slug phobia definitely doesn't want to walk in on them mating as I did once. I'm not squeamish about them at all and it freaked me right out - it's like something from a science fiction film! They are hermaphrodites, so both have a penis which comes out of their heads and is about as long as the slug itself. They then entwine their penises and writhe around in ecstacy. Here have a look.

Oh and please don't use slug pellets, folks. The poisoned slugs get eaten by birds and hedgehogs which also get poisoned and die. sad

GreenPeppercorn Sun 21-Apr-13 00:14:44

I'm sorry I had tuned out until the part about a PENIS COMING OUT OF THEIR HEAD.

GreenPeppercorn Sun 21-Apr-13 00:15:13

I think my exh has one of those. (it's not very big though)

GreenPeppercorn Sun 21-Apr-13 00:17:35

oh fantastic, there is a link to the slugs from the movie "flushed away" and the cheeky one with its tongue out has just caused much spluttering of gin mineral water over the keyboard.

Maryz Sun 21-Apr-13 00:39:38

I offered my children money to collect slugs and snails in my garden once.

I said I would give 1c each, thinking it might cost me about a euro.

The collected over 500 in about ten minutes shock. And then carried on. In the end I gave them a fiver each, bagged them all in supermarket bags and put them in the bin [bleurgh].

I can't use slug pellets as we have a hedgehog in the garden and I don't want to poison him.

CointreauVersial Sun 21-Apr-13 13:10:23

Well, it is fairly damp where you live, Maryz. wink

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AlbertaCampion Sun 21-Apr-13 13:15:14

NO it isn't normal! Our garden is plagued with them and always has been, but I have never one inside the house. I'd respond like you, OP, if I did.

I don't think it's your DH's sole responsibility to sort them out - but he should certainly help!

Flappingandflying Sun 21-Apr-13 16:36:38

Me too. We get them in the kitchen and the living room. Yuck yuck yuck. I brush them onto the dustpan and chuck them outside. Worse when it rains.

Cuteypie Sun 01-Sep-13 12:35:59

slug always coming into the house spoiling the carpets spray them with BOP INSECTICIDE, silly little creatures melt. But of course they leave a disguising blob of orange stuff.

5madthings Sun 01-Sep-13 12:57:27

oh we get loads of slugs. revolting things, some are huge and have a leopard print type pattern. anyway they are gone by morning so.i leave or if i can be arsed scoop them up with dustpan and brush and put them outside. i have occasionaly salted them. very mean but when i came down heavily pregnant and stood on the fuckers in bare feet and turned the light on to see fifty odd of the slimy things i lost it!

have to say over the summer we had a resident toad in the garden and no slugs... toads eat them apparently. toady has left sad and the slugs are back. they come up through the floorboards.

GrendelsMum Sun 01-Sep-13 13:14:19

Just from the point of view of your DH - although I do agree he's being an arse by being sarcastic - it's really unnerving when your partner screams in terror and runs from the room. My DH has a phobia of butterflies, and one got into the sitting room the other day. His reaction had my heart hammering and adrenaline all through my body, looking for something really appalling (mad axeman in garden, etc), and the comedown to seeing its a small butterfly which I need to catch and remove is quite hard.

Runningchick123 Sun 01-Sep-13 13:36:14

I had them in our old house and used to do the salt thing. Sorry to those who think the salt method is cruel, but its a slug, which is a pest and shouldn't be in the house. I ended up putting a thick line of salt around the whole of the house.
Salt is better than slug pellets because it kills them almost instantly and doesn't harm birds and hedgehogs.

Mimishimi Sun 01-Sep-13 13:45:51

We used to get slugs in a 1920's Art Dco apartment that we rented. They came out in hordes at nighttime but usually only followed the same routes each time. Sprinkling salt over their trails helped quite a bit.

I have a phobia of moths which probably seems ridiculous to the casual observer . However, my parents home is situated in a mountainous region which tens of thousands of large moths used to migrate to for a few weeks each year to fatten up before moving to even colder regions for breeding. I would quite literally tape up all cracks and crevices and retire early to bed (so no need for light which attracted tem) to hide under my quilt. The sound of a moth hitting the walls can send me into hysterics.

raisah Sun 01-Sep-13 14:03:34

We used to get slugs all the time until we got our double glazing & front doors replaced. The double glazing guy said they got in through the gaps in the front door. Seal all possible gaps in the doors and wooden floors (if you have any).

slightlysoupstained Sun 01-Sep-13 14:14:45

I have had to skim read a lot of posts as they were making me feel ill.

Slug pellets - I used to use these which claim to be child and pet safe?

This year am trying a subscription of Nemaslug:

I haven't seen a slug in the house for months and months, but I don't know if that's because of the Nemaslug or because it's been so hot and dry. Either way, I'm hoping it will have knocked back the truly MASSIVE slug population in the garden enough that none of the slimy feckers are left to get in to my kitchen this winter.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sun 01-Sep-13 15:06:34

They are slimy little fuckers and they carry lungworms. Luckily the two types of lungworms found in UK slugs are not transmitted to humans (however they can harm dogs). In Asia and Australia though slugs can carry Rat Lungworms which can cause menengitis in humans. As I said, they are slimy fuckers and your husband is being unreasonable to mock instead of helping you to get rid of them.

Icedink Sun 01-Sep-13 17:00:15

Zombie thread!

Bubbles1066 Sun 01-Sep-13 17:12:59

We get them in our kitchen. They squash themselves flat and get in through the tiniest gaps. Tape around the door to block gaps helps but I'm a right bunny hugger and would never hurt them so wouldn't use salt. I have just learned to live with them. I pick them up with cardboard, you can just slide it under them and put them outside. It's only for a few months in the summer then they go. I think their little eyes are quite cute really. They can't help being slugs. Try and make peace with them if you can OP.

zirca Sun 01-Sep-13 17:23:06

Ok, serious question here as we're moving soon (from slug-free heaven) and the last thing I want is slugs in our new house... What do we need to avoid in houses to avoid slugs? Are new houses better? My parents' house and MIL's house do not get slugs. I have lived in (student) houses before that did though, and it was beyond disgusting...

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