While we're busy worrying about the dangers out there, in the big bad world, it's possible that we might overlook a few big bad things inside; in our homes. Slug infestation is a problem that few will admit to experiencing and many won't even realise is happening, but, if left unchecked and unattended, slugs lead to mice, which lead to rats, and that's the last thing you need scrambling around your pocalyptian kitchen.
How do we stop them?
The good news is that slugs will tend to clear the area before sun up. You won't need to deal with a slug nest hanging from your ceiling, they'll have returned to the soil and shade where it's damp and cool. Here are some things that will stop them from coming back.
1) Don't spray chemicals everywhere, but do be clean. Slugs have incredible smell skills and will come after the crumbs on your work top, the bits of peel under the chopping board, and the smears on your unwashed pots and pans. So, sweep up, wipe up, wash up, and if you keep your food waste bin inside, line it with a carrier bag that you keep tied.
2) Block their entry points. If you can, check around for holes and fill them, particularly around your appliances. Washing machines, dishwashers, fridge freezers, all produce a little moisture, then a little damp, then a little rot where a little slug can squeeze through a tiny hole. If you can't find where they're getting in then...
3) Restrict their movement. Two things that slugs can't travel over are copper and sandpaper. Both of these will turn a slug back without turning it inside out. Strategically place strips of sandpaper or copper tape to stop slugs moving beyond any suspected entry points, or climbing onto your work tops.
4) I'm not keen to encourage you to kill anything, so traps are the last resort. Beer seems to work well as slug bait. Try to use a dish that a slug can get into easily. Don't drink the beer.
I hope you've found this helpful. Thank you for reading and, as always, keep surviving.
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