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Slimey little feckers coming in the house! (Sl*** #vomit)

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ShelaghTurner Mon 16-Nov-15 07:12:03

I can't even type the word....vomit.... Slimey revolting brown things, homeless snails... We know they're coming in under the front door. We've put down copper tape and pellets under the doorstep but the little bastards are still coming in angry shoes etc covered in trails, ugh ugh ugh. sad

Anyone know how to get rid of them? Before we have to move house!

LetTilikumGo Mon 16-Nov-15 07:21:27

I had this in the house we lived in at uni, many moons ago. Put down pellets and they just crawled over them still leaving their trails everywhere. So tried salt, and the same happened. In the end we set up an obstacle course of slug pellets and thick lines of salt around where they were coming in and that did the trick. Good luck, hope you get rid of them, they're grim!

penguinsarecool Mon 16-Nov-15 08:05:15

I hate slugs so i feel your pain. Not sure what else to suggest to get rid of them if copper tape and slug pellets aren't working other than killing them yourself one by one when you find them. None of this putting them outside malarky as they will only come back in.

longdiling Mon 16-Nov-15 08:10:32

Are you absolutely sure it's the door? We had this here and my husband waged war against them by plugging up every single gap there was - they were coming in round the pipes in the kitchen so he filled that. They found another gap through a vent in a cupboard so that got filled. He also went out at night and picked up as many as he could find around the house and euthanised them in a bucket of water. Apparently slug populations can get out of control quite quickly. We are now finally slug free.

ShelaghTurner Mon 16-Nov-15 12:08:29

I happened to be downstairs about 2am a few nights ago and saw a load of them congregated round the bottom of the door, wriggling their way in so am pretty sure, I think.

So war needs to be waged? Ugh. Disgusting little feckers.

penguinsarecool Mon 16-Nov-15 13:52:54

Show them no mercy Shelagh! grin

Buttercup27 Mon 16-Nov-15 13:57:15

We had this in our victorian terrace but couldn't find where they were coming in. We tried everything, even lifted the floorboards and but pellets and salt under it.
The only solution we found was...

To move house.

Sorry op, but it worked for us.

ShelaghTurner Mon 16-Nov-15 15:43:52

I have to move?!! Cripes. Best get saving! Do you have to declare sl..... no can't say it. Do you have to declare the little bastards like you have to declare difficulties with neighbours? grin

penguinsarecool Mon 16-Nov-15 16:11:25

Nooo you can't let the disgusting feckers chase you out your home! Would you be comfortable with killing them yourself, or would you be more happy with leaving a trap for them?

Buttercup27 Mon 16-Nov-15 16:39:51

The worst was the dark winter morning I plodded downstairs barefoot and found one. I'll let your imagination work out how. It was a huge fat squidgy one.

ShelaghTurner Mon 16-Nov-15 18:00:39

Ugh ugh ugh vomit vomit vomit

Lights always go on before I set foot downstairs!

No. I am not a sl** assassin. I am very happy to wake DH in the small hours for him to come and deal with them though! And I'm happy to kill them remotely.

ShelaghTurner Mon 16-Nov-15 18:01:56

And why the fuckety fuck, when you google for advice, does every fecking website give you a huge technicolor picture of them? I know what the feckers look like! angry

Stylingwax Mon 16-Nov-15 18:57:51

Shit loads of salt works for us.

Buttercup27 Mon 16-Nov-15 18:59:46

The shovel used to clean out the log burner makes a great catapult for them and you can keep them at arms length.

penguinsarecool Mon 16-Nov-15 21:21:08

You're probably best off with with a beer trap hun. They like the smell of beer then they fall in and drown in the beer lol.

Love the idea of the catapult Buttercup Can just picture a slug flying through the air lol I wouldn't like to live next door to you mind shock

We don't get them much in this place, unlike our last place. When they do make an appearance i pick them up in tissue paper and then flush them down the loo grin

My Mum loves her garden and grows vegetables in the summer. She goes into the garden with a breakfast bowl with an inch thick of salt in the bottom and just goes round collecting them up. She takes no rubbish from them!

ShelaghTurner Tue 17-Nov-15 00:38:52

Is she available for hire? grin We need a no shit approach!

Tomorrow we buy beer...

SilverBirchWithout Tue 17-Nov-15 00:43:53

Can you put a layer of coarse grit around the front door outside and put lots of beer traps a couple a feet away from the door as well. Get the bastards before they even get in.

cozietoesie Tue 17-Nov-15 01:13:58

I'm afraid it's war - and you'll need to get the population under control outside as well as inside. (I'm surprised you're getting so many so late in the year though.) It can be done though.

In addition to the blocking them out methods, put beer traps by the back door (or some other attractant such as a little bit of ground up wild bird food ball) and wage some war for at least a few nights once darkness falls. Get yourself a pair or two of extra long metal tweezers (cheap on Amazon), get a torch on them, pick the blighters up and drop them in salt water. (Some will drown drunk in the beer traps but at the beginning, you need to use the traps as attractants rather than rely on them entirely.) And keep some paper towel to hand to wipe the tweezers regularly.

You may have to look at your garden as well - do you have a lot of dank undergrowth?

Naoko Tue 17-Nov-15 02:24:28

Yup, you've got to declare war. I held a full on campaign about three years ago and now all I need to do is fire a few warning shots some time in mid October when they try their luck again. Buy five pounds of salt, pour it down every hole in your house, thick lines across all accessways, I usually do around the outside of the house as well for good measure but you need to repeat that when it rains. I don't bother with the garden, I'd never stop if I started to remove slugs from there.

Longdistance Tue 17-Nov-15 04:22:59

Love how you've called them homeless snails grin in Hungarian they're called naked snails.

Longdistance Tue 17-Nov-15 04:23:53

Oh, and yy to salt.

Think the Wizard of Oz which when they throw water over her 'I'm melting...'

ShelaghTurner Tue 17-Nov-15 08:01:34

But...but...then you get melted sl** goo. Although tbf nearly every one of you has implied that I'll be dealing with goo at some point!

However. The big news this morning is that our downstairs was sl** free! They've probably gone on a day trip somewhere and will be back tonight with more friends angry

And....I have to get the sl** population of the WORLD under control?? This is a bigger job than I first envisaged! shock

<buys more salt>

Buttercup27 Tue 17-Nov-15 08:53:19

When I lived at home we used to keep pet ferrets. They absolutely loved to eat them and my dads veg patch never had a slug problem.
The only downside is they often got them stuck in their teeth which then needed cleaning!

ShelaghTurner Tue 17-Nov-15 10:19:40

Ugh ugh ugh. You're not helping! angrygrin

cozietoesie Tue 17-Nov-15 10:25:38

Hedehogs and rats will aparently eat them if there's not much else around to nosh - trouble is that, particularly if you have a well-dug garden, worms will come out onto the surface at night at the same time as the slugs venture out so they're a much more attractive prospect for night-time predators.

I don't think you have to control the slug population of the WORLD, Shelagh - just your garden. smile In my experience, slugs seem to be much more territorial than people give them credit for but they're breeding away and resource pressure will force them inside if you have too many of them out there.

Dig your garden, keep vegetation under control and ensure your pointing is up to scratch. (Slugs like dark, undisturbed, moist places to sleep up during the day so you need to deny them those as best you can.)

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