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We have a house slug!
I think I mentioned before that I'd found a slug trail across the carpet in the conservatory. Well, it seems as though the slug has moved in and is living somewhere inside. But where!? I admit I have not yet plucked up the courage to move furniture to investigate. All I know is that every couple of days, I come down in the morning to find this...

IMG_0044 house slug copy.jpg

The trail is quickly worn away as we walk over it, but a few days later, it is back. What does a slug do in a conservatory where there are no plants for it to eat? Is this the next evolutionary step for slugs?

I really ought to go on a slug hunt, but it'll have to wait until after Easter because I have more important things to do.
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tx_cronopio From: tx_cronopio Date: April 7th, 2017 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeek! I am completely irrational in that I kind of like snails, but loathe slugs. I KNOW, that's stupid. But yeah. Don't want a slug in the house. Put out a little can lid with beer in it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 7th, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind looking at slugs, but I hate accidentally touching them. Ew! So slimy! A slug trap is a possible option. I will have to investigate further.
arkessian From: arkessian Date: April 7th, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Copper strip across the outside entrance to the conservatory -- it worked for us. It probably won't be living inside -- it would dehydrate too quickly, and couldn't burrow into earth to preserve moisture.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 7th, 2017 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have thought it would dehydrate too, but I don't think it can be coming in through the door because it's too tight fitting. I also blocked up the holes by the step into the kitchen to prevent ants coming out in the summer. So it is something of a mystery as to where it's coming from.
arkessian From: arkessian Date: April 7th, 2017 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You would be amazed where they can get in. We used to find them halfwayup the doorjamb next to the hinges.... when the door had been shut tight. They weren't visible until we opened the door, and we could never work out how they got in.

The trails will show up in torchlight in the dark even when not normally visible, so you could track them like that, perhaps.

Edited at 2017-04-07 03:20 pm (UTC)
owlfish From: owlfish Date: April 7th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one time we tried it, copper tape did not work for us. Within a week, slugs were crossing it.
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