How to get rid of slugs…

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“How to get rid of slugs…” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve Googled that phrase yet have still to come up with a reasonable solution. 

Sadly this is not a problem with slugs munching up my garden but indeed a problem with slugs deciding it’s OK to come & use my house like a little sluggy crack den of a night. Yes, these horrible, slimy little blighters invite themselves in most nights & leave grotty little slug trails all over the shop – its not even confined to one room – they can be found in the dining room, the living room & the kitchen.  I’ve found trails in the cupboard under the stairs & on the ceiling in my living room.  Thankfully though they do seem to mainly stick to exploring the floors – I’d be beside myself if I thought they were partying on the kitchen surfaces or the dining room table!!
Of course the obvious solution is to find out where they’re getting in & block the gap up but it would seem that a) they can get in through the most ridiculously tiny gap and b) I can’t find where they’re coming in. They don’t leave much of an obvious trail on my floor to follow – perhaps if we had carpet that would be easier, I don’t know.
I’ve tried scattering slug pellets around the perimeter of our house however this causes a few issues:
* The pellets are neither safe for children nor dogs
* The bright blue pellets look unsightly scattered all over the place
* The ensuing slug (and snail) graveyard is really rather unpleasant
* It’s only a temporary solution, the slugs come back as soon as you stop using the pellets
When we had a similar problem with slugs in our student house I remember spreading salt around the edge of the kitchen floor but really this is just messy – and not ideal with a crawling baby!  (Oh and a salted slug is really unpleasant to clean up I can tell you!)
I’ve tried putting out bowls of beer in the garden to try and trap them before they even get in the house but much as I’m led to believe slugs like a good drink, I’ve yet to find any in my bowls – perhaps they don’t like the beer I’m offering?! 
At the moment – if I come downstairs in the night, which is relatively often, I wouldn’t dare come down in my bare feet (yes I’ve stood on one on the stairs before now – bleurgh). I have to put shoes on before I come down and then put all the lights on as I move through the rooms for fear of coming face to face, or rather slug to foot with one of them.  Of course once I’ve seen one I can’t just leave it to roam free during the night – but I can’t bear to pick them up either, so they get trapped by a nearby mug ready to great Dave or Ben in the morning when they will deal with them for me.  At worst I found ten in one night, more often it’s around four.  They’re not even small. 
I had hoped the problem would be lessened as the “old” walls are no longer external if that makes sense?  A lot of gaps around the door and a hole in the dining room wall are now filled up and replastered.  I had thought perhaps some of the entrances would have been blocked up but nope, last night I found another four roaming the living room and kitchen
So dear reader . . . I’m asking for you help!! Have you got any suggestions?! Is this a problem you’ve overcome or one you still battle?  Help me free my house of slugs!! 

12 Comments

  1. January 2, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    They're like ninja's! They get in even when there is no gap! They appear in our bathroom out of nowhere….Horrible things! I have no advice just wanted to offer my sympathy!….Sorry x

    • January 2, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks Kim! If I come up with a magic solution I'll be sure to let you know!! x

  2. January 2, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I have no answers but the thought of slugs in our house makes my skin crawl. We had them in our kitchen briefly. Eugh! I empathise but have no idea how to get rid of them x

    • January 2, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      This problem has been going on for years – sometimes I think it's improved and other times its worse than ever.

  3. emma lander
    January 2, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    We have them in the kitchen. It's disgusting. I found they were attracted to the dogs food bowl which is harmful to her. I moved it from the door and only put it out with food in and then take it away. Thought I'd cracked it but no. I did consider getting one of those sealant guns and sealing the whole floor but not got round to it yet. I sometimes get up in the night and pick them off the floor and dispose of them. When we had chickens, they lived to eat them which was good ha ha. I'm evil 😉

    • January 3, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Yes they're really dangerous for the pups aren't they? This is also a concern in our house with Thomas 🙁
      Chickens! Perhaps that's the answer!!

  4. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
    January 2, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    They don't like copper, but putting a copper ring round your house is going to be pricey/time consuming and not easy?!?! Not much help sorry!

    • January 3, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Apparently you can buy copper tape to repel them but it has mixed reviews and I'm not really sure where I'd put it?!

  5. January 4, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    We have this exact same problem , suddenly a year or so ago we started getting slugs. I have no idea where they come from but I often find slug trails at the bottom of the stairs or in the lounge. I have put salt down and repellent down and it works for a while then the little buggers come back with a vengeance. My neighbour has them too so I think my whole street must be infested with them. If you find how to get rid of them please let me know as I hate them and refuse to pick them up too I'm constantly shouting at my other half to remove them xx

    • January 5, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      I will certainly let you know if I come up with a solution!! x x

  6. January 10, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Nope! No clue. My old house used to suffer bad! Trails everywhere, but now in this one we just tend to have one that appears in our downstairs loo. I've started a hashtag #slugsofinstagram just join that and we can share the slug-love…. 🙂 xxx

    • January 11, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Maybe if I photograph them and put the on instagram they will be shamed into leaving me alone?!

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