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post #1 of 28
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Well, not really infested, but I went outside with the dogs this morning and there were a LOT of slugs on the siding of the house. There were probably about 2 dozen just hanging out. I never noticed them before in the morning, but it has been humid the last few days. Anyone else having problems with slugs? I don't care as long as they stay outside (I will say I have NEVER seen a slug in a house....unless it was one I brought in when I was little). Also, I remember the few times I did play with slugs when I was a kid, my mom said they were poisonous to touch and washed my hands off with alcohol. ARE they? And will they hurt my dogs if they decide to munch?
post #2 of 28
I don't know but they will eat your plants!

DIO earth is great for killing them
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by Nes View Post
I don't know but they will eat your plants!

DIO earth is great for killing them
Actually, I'd check that out although some folks put down crushed egg shells and DE would work in the same way I suppose. I know DE works well for insects with a hard exo-skeleton but I'm not sure about slugs. When I get a chance I'll look it up. I usually put down a slug bait (chemo free) in my garden because they can decimate the foliage on hostas and other plants.
post #4 of 28
UGH I HATE SLUGS! We get them pretty bad here. I came inside one night and about 5 minutes later sat down and crossed my legs and felt something slimy and there was a slug on me. I screamed bloody murder! LOL
post #5 of 28
There used to be quite a few around my dad's house, including on the back porch (utility room). I'd always end up stepping on them barefoot...

We don't really have any slugs here, which is too bad. Turtles love slugs. So do toads, so people should be careful what they put down.
post #6 of 28
ugh, SLUGS! slugs usually go into hiding deep in the garden soil during the day though, it may be snails on your siding.

Do they have little "antennae"? If so, it's snails.

Slugs leave little silvery trails (all over my petunias and marigolds much to my dismay) disgusting things!
post #7 of 28
We've got them pretty bad here with all the rain and humidity we've been getting. I just choose to ignore them. Slugs and earwigs (YUCK)
post #8 of 28
Ugh! Earwigs. (shudders)

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Do they have little "antennae"? If so, it's snails.

Slugs leave little silvery trails (all over my petunias and marigolds much to my dismay) disgusting things!
Both have antennae and both leave trails.
post #9 of 28
okay thanks for correcting me. I will rephrase then to say snails have obvious antennae, slugs you really have to look to see them as they are small.

Snails are more likely to climb the siding of a house. Slugs burrow in day light.

Funny how different things make people shudder. Earwigs are a nuisance but do not creep me out. Slugs make my skin crawl and my throat gag.
post #10 of 28
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They have the little "alien" antennea, where they are small but still there. Does that make sense? I thought snails were covered with shells. They don't really bother me, I just saw that there was a reunion of sorts going on on the side of my house, which kind of freaked me out.

Earwigs??? Don't even get me started on those! The first time I saw one was in the shower and I ran out, still soapy and naked....yeah, don't even think about the mental picture.
post #11 of 28
^Slug party? You don't want to know how slugs breed... it's rather violent.. So you probably did stumble onto something creepy.

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Funny how different things make people shudder. Earwigs are a nuisance but do not creep me out. Slugs make my skin crawl and my throat gag.
Female earwigs just don't look natural. And maybe it's because they're faster moving.

BTW, maybe it's just your local slugs? The ones around where I live get very large (up to around 5 inches) and you can't miss the antennae... all four of them waving at you.

If you want to keep them off certain plants you could try some coffee grounds.
post #12 of 28
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Earwigs??? Don't even get me started on those! The first time I saw one was in the shower and I ran out, still soapy and naked....yeah, don't even think about the mental picture.


I also thought snails had shells
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Actually, I'd check that out although some folks put down crushed egg shells and DE would work in the same way I suppose. I know DE works well for insects with a hard exo-skeleton but I'm not sure about slugs. When I get a chance I'll look it up. I usually put down a slug bait (chemo free) in my garden because they can decimate the foliage on hostas and other plants.
My DIO earth is actually called "slug & bug killer" . Crushed egg shells don't actually work as well because the slugs just slide right over them, they aren't small enough to bother the slugs. Dio earth is actually a great organic pesticide, you just need to be carefull where you apply it because you'll kill good insects too.
post #14 of 28
My Mom used to put a small bowl with beer in it, in the garden the slugs are attracted to it. The next morning you have a bowl of dead slugs. My mom was into natural gardening.
post #15 of 28
The eggshell trick doesn't work well.

We have lots of slugs in my area...which is not good considering my plants of choice are hostas which slugs love.

That first year I tried everything, from eggshells, to beer in a cup, to slug and snail bait, etc. Nothing worked (even the slug and snail bait...probally cuz it was animal friendly....supposed to kill slugs, but was ok if my dog ate it). 2nd year, I found a toad in the window well...my DD put it in the front garden....less slugs that year. 3rd year, more toads.... even less slugs. And continue, this was year 6, no visible slugs (if you lift up the wedgestones you'll find them)

Long story short: my solution: get some toads that are native to your area
post #16 of 28
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My Mom used to put a small bowl with beer in it, in the garden the slugs are attracted to it. The next morning you have a bowl of dead slugs. My mom was into natural gardening.
Ha, I read this whole thread, amazed that no one mentioned using a bowl of beer to 'trap' the slugs, and just as I clicked Reply I read this post at the same time.

So yeah, what she said! Slugs are suckers for beer. --->
post #17 of 28
i used beer too and it works great. the last 2 years i've seen a Possum at night in the backyard and i haven't had a slug or snail problem since.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
My Mom used to put a small bowl with beer in it, in the garden the slugs are attracted to it. The next morning you have a bowl of dead slugs. My mom was into natural gardening.
I like that idea
Another way is to encourage natural predators to come by the yard at night - just keep the dogs contained at night and, if you have beliefs similar to mine, pray....I did this at my aunt's house in SoCal (up in the Eastern Sierra, we don't get snails & slugs) and first a fox came thru, and then skunks, and voila! her snail problem was quickly brought under control. Also, the critters ate the rotting blackberries, windfall peaches, etc., cutting down on her yardwork
post #19 of 28
Just make sure if you do use a beer trap that you sink it well into the ground & don't fill it up all the way to the top. Otherwise you're creating a slug bar not a slug trap
post #20 of 28
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Just make sure if you do use a beer trap that you sink it well into the ground & don't fill it up all the way to the top. Otherwise you're creating a slug bar not a slug trap
How will you be able to tell? Will their slimy trails not be in a straight line?
post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'll have to try the beer trick...although it breaks my heart to waste perfectly good beer on the slugs. At least they will die happy!
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
Well, not really infested, but I went outside with the dogs this morning and there were a LOT of slugs on the siding of the house. There were probably about 2 dozen just hanging out. I never noticed them before in the morning, but it has been humid the last few days. Anyone else having problems with slugs? I don't care as long as they stay outside (I will say I have NEVER seen a slug in a house....unless it was one I brought in when I was little). Also, I remember the few times I did play with slugs when I was a kid, my mom said they were poisonous to touch and washed my hands off with alcohol. ARE they? And will they hurt my dogs if they decide to munch?
As a child in Peurto Rico, we thought they were poison. (Because there were areas of poisonous water and we believed that's where the slugs came from.) We have quite a few around our house and I think the only thing they hurt are the tomato plants. I can't bring myself to kill them . I think they are just a big snail without a shell.
post #23 of 28
Time for a Slug Fest! We would go out at night and pour salt on them.
post #24 of 28
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Time for a Slug Fest! We would go out at night and pour salt on them.
My cousin does that! I was kind of hoping nobody would think to mention it . I think I am the only slug fan on the site.
post #25 of 28
I'm sorry. I like snails but slugs remind me of leeches.
post #26 of 28
The beer bait traps work for both slugs and snails. Works best with white or clear, large plastic cups. You want to place the traps in areas where they are prominently causing plant damage early evening. Cut the top half of the cup off, then sink into the ground atleast half way. Use a pungent, golden beer and leave for a couple days. As soon as they hit the beer, they die a happy death! Also planks of wood, or large rocks they love to live under during the day. Also you can turn large objects (rocks wood planks), even set them out as traps, you will find them underneath, just pick them off and drop them in a cup of beer. It is so important to do this to control slug and snail infestation! They multiply very fast and can cause detestation beyond belief.
post #27 of 28
Wales has the biggest slugs I've ever seen. They average at 10cm long and 2cm thick in my back garden. I felt really yucked out the first time I saw them but now I'm getting used to them.

Monty had a different reaction though. I don't think he had ever seen a slug before we moved here and he decided it must be food.... He was sniffing one pretty hard and giving it quick little swipes with his paw. I tried to stop him.. But that just made him want it more of course. I started to pick him up, but then he got worried that I was trying to keep him from something good (like when I pick him up off the table when he's about to eat my food). He bit it real quick and took it with as I was lifting him up, then started chewing it in the air Then I dropped him and he finished up all the bits. It was one of the most disgusting and disturbing things to watch and I thought I was going to .

After that he didn't look so good. He was making the face (I wish there was an emoticon for this), you know the one where his mouth is sort of open a little and he just looks disgusted. I think he regretted it and decided it was gross. He did not barf. But he had ample opportunity after that to eat more and he hasn't

I didn't even think about the possibility of it being poisonous. I guess we were pretty lucky. Well, I don't know if Monty feels that way though
post #28 of 28
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Time for a Slug Fest! We would go out at night and pour salt on them.
Awwww...I wouldn't do that. I tried that as a kid and felt so sorry for the poor thing! As far as I can tell, they haven't really damaged any or my plants, and they can eat as many weeds as they want.
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