I keep telling myself that they look amazing, can be beautiful colours and patterns and are prize copers with finding food … so what, darned critters!! There is just something utterly intolerable about having slugs, snails and especially cockroaches either in or anywhere around your house. A sharp stick will do the trick. A great tip is to use slug-killer granules really early in the spring when slugs start to breed a lot. There can be many reasons behind the stay of snails on your house but three reasons are major. Don't waste time with beer traps—they are a hit-or-miss method. Sea salt works better because it is more coarse. The tape is a cheap and easy method to end your problem. Avoid any type of ground-covering plants, as slugs are experts at hiding under them. Apparently one of the reasons slugs may venture into the house (particularly an old house) is because they are likely to be cool, dark and moist so if you have a damp problem that could be one reason. Try planting flowers that don't trail along the ground, and keep the soil well aerated as you go. Moisture is a key requirement for snails and slugs since they are adversely affected by dry conditions and the loss of body moisture. The salt must be applied directly to the slugs, which isn't a lot of work if you only see a few slugs on the deck each night. How To: Get Rid of Slugs Slugs can do major damage to your favorite flowers and plants overnight. I don't think I've ever had slugs in the house, I guess that's good news! Snails may move slowly, but it doesn't take them long to eat their way through a garden, destroying fruits, vegetables and other plants as they go. I cannot see any algae on the wall Al, its whitewashed render and looks whiter than white at the moment, but the slate tiles have a lot of moss, It’s possible they could be heading for the tiles Good job. They lived close to each other in separate streets of the same suburb. Odd, and very disturbing how my life is being ruled by slugs at the moment. In my flower pot on the kitchen counter. Erin Mellor from Europe on July 24, 2013: My brother strolls around each damp evening with a pair of sturdy scissors he reserves for slug slicing. Common entry points include the spaces under doors, holes drilled in the floor for water or gas pipes, joints along walls, cut-outs for furnace and dryer ducts and holes for electrical wiring. I would love to hear your update. @norma-holt: Thanks for your kind comments. Since I don't have small animals or kids I'm going to put that bug getter around everywhere. As to why they enter the house, they must detect the smell of something edible. They hate any type of rough surface so anything that provides that will really help. So far it has decreased the amount we've seen, it as they're afraid of it as we were told we'll see..I'll keep you posted!! Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on April 07, 2014: @GrammieOlivia: Thanks very much for your very kind comments and I am so pleased that you found the information so helpful. To keep those creepy crawlers from devastating your garden, try any of these 5 easy solutions. Participant. The only thing I can say about that is that there are more slugs than I had time to get rid of, both in my garden and just outside my house. I don't think so. He loves to share his tips with those who enjoy their gardening, By Filip Vaculík (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikime. Home › Forums › Gardening Questions › Slugs – Why do they climb walls. Interesting! We have two types here but the main type is the large grey garden slug. You will find them lurking behind items you may have sitting around in back halls, such as washing machines or under buckets. For a long time, I had a problem with these slugs both in my house and in my garden. I truly enjoyed your writing style! Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on November 18, 2013: @applejacking: Thanks Rarity and now you know the best ways of getting shot of them. Get them as quickly as you can because they breed faster than rabbits. Great information here and lots of options. And yes slugs do somehow survive in water, and yes i have found them to sometimes crawl their way back up the toilet, hence why i squirt some bleach down after i throw em in and leave for a few minutes to make sure they die before i flush em down. Thanks for your comment Cynthia. Well done. I have used these in my garden and other people's gardens, and they have all reported great results. It simply stops them in their tracks and sends them off in a different direction. By Peter van der Sluijs (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via. I hat it. @anonymous: That is for sure but as you say I think people would be more afraid of the snakes than the slugs. It does no harm every now and then to do a quick check, especially if the pot is sitting close to any of the entrances to your home. Slugs need moisture to live. Slugs feed on plants and weeds, so if you have any outside your door, slugs will like the environment. I, Colae [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://c. Shudder... this gives better alternatives! Pennies will work just as well too. The time of year is important. One solution for getting rid of slugs would be to release a bunch of red bellied snakes in you home because slugs are their favorite food and they are a nice gentle little snake that does no harm...but I don't think that will catch on in popularity. The whole box of 24 jumbo sidewalk chaulk cost $1.00. There are several ways to seal your house and prevent a worm infestation. Make the ground unappealing to slugs. They are especially good for vegetable gardens or lawns that have plants that are low to the ground. I do get a bit fed up of cleaning my windows only to find slime trails all up them. Put some around the outside of the house. Many people believe that it may be that their house is dirty and that is what attracts the slugs in the first place. All slugs like three conditions that will allow them to breed and thrive: Darkness; Dampness; Smooth Surfaces; I usually see slugs in basements, hallways, kitchens, and even inside living rooms. My other concern was that I have kids and a dog that could get into poisonous pellets or sprays. I suggest you sleep … A bird table is a great idea, as it attracts birds that will eat slugs. Strangely enough, research shows that slugs and snails cannot tolerate crawling on copper surfaces, which gives them a mild electrical shock when they crawl over it. Good luck! I spread wood ash (free from a friend with a fireplace) on the ground under the plants. Never had slugs in the house yet but they do get onto the Patio where I sometimes walk on them accidentally, Enjoyed this lens. "Salt can be a very good barrier, but this will only be worth it if you can create … The septic system is a dark moist place teeming with beneficial bacteria, but it can also be the home to worms and insects that can make their way up … "Keep Slugs and Snails Out of the House... A bird table is a great idea". Recently it has been found that snails carry the Pig Liver Worm which gets into the human and into the brain through lettuce that is contaminated when they crawl over it. Here are some very quick and effective tips to get rid of slugs quickly. I've used this tape a lot around the back and front doors as well as certain areas of my garden. The septic system is often forgotten by homeowners until something goes wrong, and then, many times, it is too late for a simple solution. If you'd prefer not to use bait or poison, a trap is a good solution. They breed very quickly and can grow to about 3" long and also quite fat. Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 03, 2012: @AnimalHouse: You are welcome and I am glad you found it useful. I have seen them literally destroy a small vegetable garden in a single overnight feast. Sigh. Moist locations are especially attractive if a … This won't kill them, but it might slow them down and keep them off your plants. They can ruin a garden, especially a vegetable garden, in only a few nights if left to their own devices. Is your home suffering from a bee infestation? They look horrible and leave a slime trail everywhere they go. In North America, slugs can measure up to 10 inches long. They seem particularly fond of bedding plants, which are low to the soil. They clime up my house onto my back deck, around the cat food/bedding. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Slugs! Slugs and snails hate crawling over scratchy surfaces, so try surrounding the stems of your plants with crushed eggshells or insert a sand-paper collar around the stem. They also insist upon spreading their slime across the deck before finishing up and going away. Check under them each day and get rid of any slugs you find. However, for an infestation of the pests, it's best to take a pail filled with salt water onto the deck, pick the slugs up with tweezers, drop them into the bucket and let the salt do its work. I had a weird dream the other night that a slug snuck up on me and stole my penguin biscuit, it was crawling really slowly and then suddenly took me by surprise, snatched the biscuit and 'ran' off cacking (it grew little tentacle like legs in my dream). This is a viable option if you are not squeamish. Slugs are slimy creatures that eat plants, and they love dampness and darkness. … Sprinkling sand around edges would work too. Frankly I’ll be joining the slugs in climbing the walls (although not to have a slimy mating meeting) if this darned torrential wet stuff doesn’t desist and soon I never knew that one before but I like that idea much better than chemicals. Slugs are massively muscular for their size. I will have to keep this in mind in case they ever to. How to prevent slugs in your house. Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on May 20, 2013: I never heard about copper tapes before. WD-40 is waterproof, so it will … I am not quite so fond of it these days. We only have so much time in the garden so have to make use of all the ways available as help for us! Thanks for the comment. In Australia we have what are called leopard slugs and they eat snails. @anonymous: I hear you. They are crawling on the living room wall, carpet, etc. The slugs won’t crawl over the ash to get to the plant. I've never seen so many. Yech! If you have a leafy garden, moss, or any type of slimy surface close to your house, slugs can get in through vents and under or through skirting boards. I'm bit more squeamish and try eggshells and coffee grounds, but usually follow your 'poke and pail' approach when that doesn't work. There are many home remedies to get rid of slugs in your house; some of these work and some don't, and we shall cover that as well. Repeat daily until the slugs are gone. This is now making me crazy , I don't know what to do because they are so small. The tape is just slightly wider than an inch, flexible enough to bend and adjust to shapes and corners, and is easy to attach. I asked my neighbor if he was having similar problems, and he said that he had been tortured with slugs at one time. If you are squeamish, then ask someone who isn't to help you. Use Traps to Control the Mollusks. Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on October 25, 2013: @tonyleather: Thanks Tony, I hope you found it helpful. @TolovajWordsmith: The tapes work great around the doors but to require annual maintenance. What if they are still babies, the ones I have in my home are about 1inch in size but they do look like they would turn into a full grown slug. This really goes for anything that sits on the ground. Then, you can get rid of them. It makes them shrivel up and die and that does make them a bit easier to lift out and get rid of. As slugs are not renowned for their scuba capabilities, I would seriously doubt they are making their way through the saniflow. There are a number of them on the market, and as an avid gardener, I have tried a number of them. They can also get in through any gaps in old doors or windows. There is nothing worse than waking up on a beautiful morning, only to find slugs in your house. It is nonetheless true, and when it happens, it can be quite a serious problem. Slugs come out at night, so any of these options will require a nighttime walk around the garden. Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 06, 2013: @Stephanie36: They are rather ugly things for sure and come out mainly at night. Salt will kill plants. Please Help It would be appreciated...Thank you. Your immediate problem - getting the slug trails off the side of your house - is going to take a little elbow grease. The good news is that slugs are not actually that clever, but boy, can they breed quickly! If its any consolation Daffy I regularly find them in the house, we have not had a chance to put the flooring down and they get in between the skirting and floor boards….. Yuck, have I missed anything haven’t been G/c for a while been very busy on the allotment and other related jobs, anyway slugs because the winter has been warmer than most years slugs have basically been enjoying the mild weather ready to come out in spring and have a feast on our crops, we use organic slug pellets on open ground and the non organic on the razed beds that are netted but its quite costly having to keep up with the slug population after the heavy rain as it seems to wash away the pellets, but I have been doing some trials on an organic method that seems to be working as I said its only at its trial stage and I’m yet to see if its going to be successful I’m presently trialling on my razed beds, the only downside is it may be no cheaper than the ones already on the market but could be more effective because you only use it once and it last the hole season, will let you know after the I’ve completed the trials and the formula to make your own, Look forward to hearing what your secret weapon is Roly, Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total), Write your own blog or article, or post a video, This topic has 8 replies, 6 voices, and was last updated. As must as I dislike roaches and water bugs, I never seen those nasty looking creatures until I move to SC. They climb up the walls around the yard and even up the walls and windows of my house. Thanks for sharing this lens. Trust me, I had a personal vendetta against slugs for many years because they destroyed my flowers for years. Herbal repellents Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on November 26, 2012: I never thought I would like a Slug, but I like your lens and help :) We had them in the yard and it was icky! Tiny Garden Snails. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. It attracted quite a few wild birds that apparently helped eat the slugs. The slugs can be picked up with a paper towel and salt put on them to kill them and thrown away. Damp conditions allow algae to grow - this will attract slugs and snails too - get yourself a nice tub of salt and use it liberally around doors and other areas where you find the slugs - they will soon get the message that this is no longer a pleasant place to be and leave for elsewhere 7.1K views View 1 Upvoter One the slugs eat the bait, they’ll stop feeing and then crawl away to die a few days later. ... Could be your sewer pipe has broken, and the slugs are crawling up it into your kitchen. I have a backyard and at the moment have no plants - but I still have loads of snails. I have hear though I am no expert that a good citrus spray will take care of them pretty quickly and is a good natural option. The slime is organic, and in my experience usually breaks down in the rain and sunlight over time. Wear old clothes and gloves when doing this type … You may notice that around this season, slugs tend to disappear. I've seen them on stoops. 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