I noticed the vile little creatures as I was coming down the stairs.
There were a dozen of them on the plastic threshold just inside the
front door. I scraped them up and dumped them in the garden. They were
about 10mm to 30mm long and alive (wriggling). Quite disgusting, since
I am squeamish about such things.
So what could I do to prevent them in future? I assume they're
attracted to the warmth of the house.
It was the other poster who said they were baby slugs. They definitely
wriggle when I'm brushing them on to my dustpan whence they are thrown
on to the lawn. The underside -- though I don't look too close since
I find them so repellent -- looks silvery, but the body is jet black.
*IF* another manages to get past my barriers of salt, slug pellets and
the nuclear attack helicopters, I'll try to stop my gorge rising long
enough to take a closer look ;)
It's a pain being squeamish, but I always have been. Funny, though, I
don't mind spiders, beetles, wasps, bees etc. I'm always helping
spiders and daddy-long-legs out of the bath by coaxing them on to a
Maybe not but a generic molluscicide like metaldehyde will also kill
most other things that consume it. That is why they make the pellets
blue so that birds don't notice them. Any non specific insecticide would
probably see them off quickly too.
Salt will kill them but it will ruin the brasswork in the process.
The OP could perhaps ask someone else to take a macro photo of the
things and then we might stand a chance of ID.
There were one or two lined up in front of the door (outside) when I
came out this morning, but they were tiny. Maybe some more will
approach in the next few days. I was right, though, about the silvery
Reminds me of the army unit based out in the desert.
A newcomer to the camp asks about the sex life and is told that every 6
months a train of camels pass by and everyone then gets a bit of sexual
About 3 months later a shout goes up that the camels are passing and
everyone starts running towards the camels. The newcomer asks "What's the
rush?" and his sergeant shouts back over his shoulder "Well you do not want
to fuck an an ugly one do you?"
Wide? You mean long, surely? They vary from about 10mm to 30mm. Little
wriggly things. I expect that Dirk Diggler chappie from The One Show
would get all starry-eyed over them, but I just find slugs and snails
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