SLUGS

(59 Posts)
wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 16:50:05

last few weeks come downstairs to see one or lots of slug trails in the front room & always in the same spot. dh and i have turned the room upside down but can't find the critters. i have found three, by chance and not at the same time, slithering up the wall (i hate put them outside with a spoon). i have bought this slug catcher thing that you put beer in but the thought of drowning them and having to empty the bastard makes me feel sick so have not done it. Someone else suggested putting half a grapefruit in the front room. we have a cat so i don't want to put down any poisons plus poisons would really hurt them...i would prefer them to die drunk & happy :0) anyone else had this problem

Finola1step Sat 02-Nov-13 17:28:56

An watching this thread with interest. Had a few slugs in over the past few months. Came down this morning and the mat by the back door has been slug slimed. Worst I've ever seen. Like as if the slug got in from under the door, had a good old nosey around the mat and then got stuck in the middle. Just sliming around in circles. The dirty fecker.

DingbatsFur Sat 02-Nov-13 17:29:46

Salt.

FunkyFucker Sat 02-Nov-13 17:34:08

Salt around the corners of the floor...

harticus Sat 02-Nov-13 17:39:04

Salt is a horrible way for them to die - they instantly dehydrate.
Beer is the best way - they get pissed and drown.

WorraLiberty Sat 02-Nov-13 17:39:27

You may not like the thought of drowning them but believe me, they breed like rabbits so you're best to do it before you're overwhelmed.

I kept finding them on my kitchen floor, so had to put salt everywhere.

bearleftmonkeyright Sat 02-Nov-13 17:46:37

Putting them outside will not make a jot of difference. You need salt in all your nooks and crannies. Worra is right. They breed really quick. I kept trying to put them outaise and it just got worse and worse before I succumbed to salt.

bearleftmonkeyright Sat 02-Nov-13 17:48:00

I actually trod on one in my bare feet. That tipped me over the edge.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 02-Nov-13 17:48:25

I used to get loads in my kitchen - big, fat, ugly fuckers. The landlord put slug pellets behind the appliances and it hasn't been as bad but we still get a few. We also get them at the bottom of the stairs and in the living room. The other week I was watching TV and went to pick my handbag up off the floor in the living room and there was a juicy slug right next to it. No idea where it came from, it's almost like one minute it wasn't there and then it was, like the Tardis. I pick them up with some cardboard from the recycling pile and chuck them outside. Grim.

wigornian Sat 02-Nov-13 18:00:37

Cam down one morning int he dark - trod on one in the kitchen - bare feet. It burst! I shudder now to recall it.

Lights on first now!

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:05:08

i will try the beer thing before salt. how does salt work? do they eat it and then disappear to die? don't like the idea of that. we have floorboards so possibly they are coming up from underneath. they leave weird trails. the trail starts and stops ie in the middle of the room almost as if it flew in, had a snoop then flew off :-D i guess it only secretes slime when ie 'excited' as opposed to the whole time it moves around. creepy little suckers. i haven't trodden on one yet but am counting the days. i go to work some mornings in the middle of the night and as they love the dark i am aware when running downstairs for the loo that it may well happen, either that or trip over the bloody cat

ScarerStratton Sat 02-Nov-13 18:05:30

I trod on a massive one last night, and it burst. Isn't it difficult to get the slime off. shock

There was one in a kitchen cupboard the other day, artfully draped over my flour sifter. I hate them, I've now made a salt ring round the edge of the kitchen, the room is old and damp, and due for renovation soon. I'm pretty sure they're getting in via an air brick, but I can't get to it until the units are ripped out.

Hate the slimey little fuckers.

plentyofsoap Sat 02-Nov-13 18:05:37

I had them in my student house years ago, but only in the living room. It was if they just magically appeared, no trace of how they arrived. Sorry I have no answers but I hate them and I go all funny when I go near them. Happy to deal with dead people at work though, slugs never.

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:06:52

wigor that is bloody disgusting, bad enough accidentally treading on a snail and hearing the crunch (i like snails so always upsetting) but that, really foul

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:07:50

plenty do you work in a morgue? old people's home, hospital....just being nosey. i've never seen a dead person

harticus Sat 02-Nov-13 18:09:49

With salt all of the moisture passes out of the skin by instant osmosis which is why they go all frothy and die in front of your eyes.

Seriously - drown them in yoghurt pots of beer - at least they go happy and you just have to chuck out the pots with the dead slugs in them.

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sat 02-Nov-13 18:11:50

I have the trails sometimes by the front door and at the bottom of the stairs. Have no idea how they slide in, creepy fuckers, but I do a line of salt about once a week in the problem areas and it keeps the trails at bay. I have never found any dead ones though. They are a slimy mystery.

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 18:12:14

Slugs mean damp so if possible deal with the damp problem. (We have an intractable damp problem and an intractable slug problem at one end of our house sad)

Finding their way in and blocking it with tape can help. They go really thin and can get through tiny cracks, it's disgusting.

They are looking for food so not eating in the living room helps. (We haven't managed that, sadly.)

Don't be sentimental about not wanting to hurt them, honestly. They are little slimy bastards. Beer traps have never worked for me but salt and slug pellets do.

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:13:01

thanks for all your tips. i don't feel so alone with the problem now, i thought it was just bad luck.

elfycat Sat 02-Nov-13 18:14:59

We have slugs in the utility room which is where we keep the fridge so we have a nightly battle with them. I have trodden on them in bare feet (ick). We have a beer trap but they prefer the cat food... so I hurl them out each night and hope the gravel deters them a little.

I second the concept that dead human bodies are nicer than slugs. I have never shuddered at handling bodies (nurse here if you wonder how many dead-body-handlers there are on MN)

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:16:24

has anyone used slug pellets indoors and has a cat? just wondering if they are ok with pegs. oddly enough the only place i have seen their trails is on the rug where our feet go (where we eat) as we are slobs and like to sit in the lounge and watch tv/eat our supper (rebelling from my days living at home, my parents would never let me do it..). i have started to hoover there pretty much every day ie no peas/veg' for them to nibble, buggers still come though

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 18:18:08

ah, we have a cat and yet i have not noticed any evidence of any slugs tucking into her food. i wish she would eat the bastards

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 18:18:26

we have a slug problem in our dining room. they do.indeed come up from under the floorboards, they can flatten themselves and fit through tiny tiny gaps.

the only thing that stops them.is putting salt down all the gaps in the floorboards.

everynow and then i forget and i come down to an invasion, if i feel nice i scoop them up with a dustpan and brush and throw them outside...if i have stood on one barefoot in the dark or i have the rage as they have slimed all over the floor or clean washing etc then i salt that bastards.

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 18:19:14

btw toads eat slugs. for a while we had a resident toad in our garden...the slugs vanished!

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 18:21:07

The slug pellets I used to use were v poisonous to pets, children etc (which is why I can't use them now as youngest dc is 4).

plentyofsoap Sat 02-Nov-13 19:44:48

Winter can't say job wise as may out myself, but like elfy dead people are far nicer to deal with than slugs. Nothing to be scared of, slugs though....

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 02-Nov-13 20:00:23

<dies> at slugs bursting shock

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 02-Nov-13 20:13:42

what you need is a hedgehog, not sure how easy they are to house train......

plentyofsoap Sat 02-Nov-13 20:22:43

Do hedgehogs have loads of fleas though? You could charm one into your home with bread and milk (apparently)

wintertimeisfun Sat 02-Nov-13 20:23:55

balls to a hedgehog, i would blood LOVE to adopt a toad. bloke next door has a pond and in the summer we get lots of frogs in the garden. don't think it would work though, not to mention our cat would terrorise the poor blighter smile

wodalingpengwin Sat 02-Nov-13 20:33:19

If you know where they're coming in, strips of copper tape. More expensive but less messy than salt.

ChocsAndBedsocks Sat 02-Nov-13 20:33:34

I had this too. we have an old house and wooden floorboards and I couldn't be sure how they were getting in. I heard that copper tape worked and I tried putting that down - it didn't help. Then I bought a can of slug and snail repellent spray. (I found it on Amazon). Since using that, I have not had a single slug in the house! It is safe to use around animals and children too so no worries there. it is no nice to go downstairs in the morning and not wonder if there will be slug trails to clear up.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 02-Nov-13 20:36:16

ooh no not bread & milk...catfood will charm a hedgehog (they can be a bit flea ridden and smelly but on balance slugs vs hedgehogs......)...apparently badgers also eat slugs and you can tempt them in with peanuts but I hear they're feisty beggars.

( winter I have heard of cats eating frogs but they don't stay down for long.)

cozietoesie Sat 02-Nov-13 20:37:16

Beer traps. They'll head towards them for some distance. (To fill the traps reasonably cheaply, get Basics Beer from a big supermarket or chat up anyone you know who works in a local pub and get a bucket from the slop trays.)

Then - once your traps are in position - go out at about 12.30 or 01.00 when it's fully dark, armed with a jam jar or two half filled with seriously salted water, kitchen gloves, a pair of long metal or plastic tweezers (available from ebay or a hardware store) kitchen towel and a big torch.

Identify the blighters in the torchlight (they'll be heading towards the beer traps), pick up with tweezers and drop into the salted water jam jar. Every so many slugs, wipe the tweezers clean with some kitchen towel and discard. When the jam jars are full, leave somewhere by (for dumping in a drain the next morning) and go to bed.

The beer traps should last about 2-3 days each. The salted water should be so salty that there's a layer of salt at the bottom of the jam jar. Cheap Basics salt from a supermarket will do it.

No dangerous chemicals and really works. Sorry if TMI but it looks as if slugs are going to get much worse with the advent of this new breed from the continent.

cozietoesie Sat 02-Nov-13 20:38:21

Oh - and repeat regularly.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 02-Nov-13 20:39:31

foreign slugs you say..I'm off to phone the DM this is an outrage!

cozietoesie Sat 02-Nov-13 20:40:47

Oh my!

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Sat 02-Nov-13 21:03:50

Can they really flatten themselves to fit through tiny gaps? I am clearly a slug dunce and have been living in ignorance blush

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 02-Nov-13 21:06:29

The repellant spray sounds good. Do you have a link Chocs?

soverylucky Sat 02-Nov-13 21:07:13

Salt round the room, copper trim (from garden centres and b and q) around the room. They can fit through the tiniest tiniest gap. Go round the edge of the room and look at the skirting boards carefully, lift up the carpet and look round the edges. block up gaps with blue tack. that is what we did several years ago and it stopped the problem.

StopPeckingThat Sat 02-Nov-13 21:10:34

Found one in the dishwasher once. Moved house.

MrsWedgeAntilles Sat 02-Nov-13 21:13:48

We had the same problem and I hate slugs, I can't even walk the same road they are on. This is what we did:
Don't put the beer in the house, Cozietoes is right, the beer draws them in. Go out side and see if you can work out where they're coming in. Get some jam jars or similar and fill them 1/3 full of beer and bury them up to their necks in the earth. The slugs fall in and drown. I couldn't empty them and I couldn't look at the drowned corpses so I filled the jars up with earth and then dug them up and threw them in the bin.
In the week we did it MrWedge says he saw about 100 in the jars he threw out and we had no more slugs in the house.
I'm not sure if ours were foreign or not but they had a big orange frill round the bottom.

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 21:15:54

I have tried beer traps and not caught a single one.
Maybe we were using the wrong beer. It was extra strong Belgian beer dh was given by a student and we knew we weren't ever going to drink. Maybe normal cheap bitter is better?

MrsWedgeAntilles Sat 02-Nov-13 21:15:54

Also for the love of God do not put salt on them, they writhe and rear up like they are screaming, its absolutely hideous sad

maddening Sat 02-Nov-13 21:16:09

They seem to have specific paths that they follow - when I visited my friends house we used to smoke outside the back door and there was a path they took - always the same and alway multiple slugs confused

MrsWedgeAntilles Sat 02-Nov-13 21:17:10

I think we used Red Stripe. The secret is to have the neck flush with the ground so they fall in.

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 21:18:48

Yes, I had the neck flush with the ground.

ChocsAndBedsocks Sat 02-Nov-13 21:19:29

Softkitty - I've never done a link before but I'll give it a go...

Slug spray

As I said, I tried tape too, but it is a pain when you can't be sure where they are coming from. With the spray, I just went round the bottom of the skirting board with it on the side of the room where the trails were and that has done the trick. It is a bit sticky until it dries so I use it last thing at night.

MrsWedgeAntilles Sat 02-Nov-13 21:20:23

Maybe your slugs were doing Sober for October and mine were pissheads grin

cozietoesie Sat 02-Nov-13 21:21:34

Look similar MrsWedge ?

MrsWedgeAntilles Sat 02-Nov-13 21:25:34

Yes that's the fucker, that made me boak a wee bit.

alabasterangel Sat 02-Nov-13 21:49:11

Have you got an open fire? We had a huge issue with this, only to realise they were coming in on logs we were putting in the log basket, then slithering off.

Every night before bed, I got a flat sheet of cardboard wrapped in cling film (face of a cereal pack or similar) and put a few slug pellets on it and left it where i saw the trails. The next morning the repugnant creature would be on the board, having met its maker.

The one time that didn't work I happened to come downstairs at 2am (thirsty!!) and there was the slimy fucker right in the middle of the floor. Dustpan and brush, flung into wheely bin.

Yuk yuk yuk.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 02-Nov-13 22:25:12

Thanks Chocs, it could be the best £8 I've ever spent!

TotesAmazeGoats Sat 02-Nov-13 23:19:16

My Mum had a massive issue with them in her kitchen, they get in under the units.

The tipping point for her was when one got in the toaster... But she didn't realise.

She has since bought a new toaster and had kitchen units re-sealed.

Nasty little fuckers. Someone mentioned coffee granules to me. I haven't tried it yet because I don't want to use my naice coffee, but will have a go tomorrow and report back.

I have an autistic son that will put anything in his mouth. If there's one thing worse than standing on a slug it's trying to hook one out of a boy's mouth while he's trying to chew on it. They don't mention that in the parenting books...

Sorry for the sn trump, couldn't resist ;)

plentyofsoap Sun 03-Nov-13 04:21:13

Tall- you are brave. That is all wink

cozietoesie Sun 03-Nov-13 04:55:03

Extremely brave.

Just treat it like an all out campaign. In my experience, once you have the outside under control, the inside will take care of itself - although you may want to take interim measures if you have a really bad infestation. It is doable.

Unfortunately, slug control season is pretty well over in most places, I think. With the cold weather they'll have gone deep into damp, warm, festering places so many of you will have to wait until next spring for serious action.

Bubbles1066 Sun 03-Nov-13 08:07:01

Tape up or reseal any gaps under cupboards, doors etc that really helps. I would personally rather live in happy harmony with the slugs than kill then with salt. That's a horrible, horrible thing to do to a sentient animal. Maybe the slugs don't like the look of you either.

wintertimeisfun Tue 05-Nov-13 13:08:02

i won't go down the salt path, sounds to painful and rotten. i will however try the beer thing. we have floorboards in the room they appear in so i can't stop them coming in if they are indeed coming up from underneath, weird how it has only just started, i don't think there is damp in that room, doesn't feel or smell damp. dh thinks one came in (we have the doors open in the summer) and laid some eggs.....i will put some stuff outside by the air vents, can't put any inside as a cat. we even looked up the chimney incase they were coming in/hiding in there grin

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