why are slugs crawling up my house

They seem particularly fond of bedding plants, which are low to the soil. Odd, and very disturbing how my life is being ruled by slugs at the moment. It is also harmless to wildlife, family pets, and children. However, for an infestation of the pests, it's best to take a pail filled with salt water onto the deck, pick the slugs up with tweezers, drop them into the bucket and let the salt do its work. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. This is a viable option if you are not squeamish. Use Traps to Control the Mollusks. Another is pet food. How do I stop the pesky things? There is just something utterly intolerable about having slugs, snails and especially cockroaches either in or anywhere around your house. Add some tree bark around bushes or better still some gravel or fine grit. Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on October 25, 2013: @tonyleather: Thanks Tony, I hope you found it helpful. Slugs and snails hate crawling over scratchy surfaces, so try surrounding the stems of your plants with crushed eggshells or insert a sand-paper collar around the stem. The slime is organic, and in my experience usually breaks down in the rain and sunlight over time. Repeat daily until the slugs are gone. No more holes. Apparently one of the reasons slugs may venture into the house (particularly an old house) is because they are likely to be cool, dark and moist so if you have a damp problem that could be one reason. I don't think so. Interesting! There is a smaller white or black slug that loves lettuce and things and makes a real mess of things. According to Google, slugs climb in order to suspend themselves from a thread of mucus, in order to mate – so you may be witnessing part of a riotous mating ritual, which I would very quickly interrupt….. Sheila! It is nonetheless true, and when it happens, it can be quite a serious problem. That makes it different to slug killers such as pellets. They can also climb a vertical surface and even travel upside-down. Very useful tips, these pests eat everything in the garden. Get them as quickly as you can because they breed faster than rabbits. @anonymous: That is for sure but as you say I think people would be more afraid of the snakes than the slugs. In Australia we have what are called leopard slugs and they eat snails. It can be speeded up with various cleaning agents that are designed for outdoor use and some light scrubbing. That makes a very short path for them, and slugs move a lot faster than you might imagine. I hat it. I remember going "slug picking" in our back yard garden as a kid. Enda is an avid gardener and also a builder who loves creative landscaping. Check under them each day and get rid of any slugs you find. Trust me, I had a personal vendetta against slugs for many years because they destroyed my flowers for years. The septic system is a dark moist place teeming with beneficial bacteria, but it can also be the home to worms and insects that can make their way up … Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 06, 2013: @Stephanie36: They are rather ugly things for sure and come out mainly at night. Then, you can get rid of them. Slugs can get into your house a lot more easily than you may think. I'll share some good tips for getting rid of slugs in your home and keeping them out of your yard and walls. There’s a story there somewhere! Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 17, 2012: @cynthiannleighton: As a kid I used to love doing that. I have hear though I am no expert that a good citrus spray will take care of them pretty quickly and is a good natural option. This is especially true in older houses and any house that has dampness. I remember going on a real crusade to get rid of them one year by picking them off every time I saw one. Everytime it rains, the icky things come out. You will find them lurking behind items you may have sitting around in back halls, such as washing machines or under buckets. *sigh*. They do leave that telltale silver slimy trail behind them. Two children were infected last year and one died. They hate any type of rough surface so anything that provides that will really help. If you'd prefer not to use bait or poison, a trap is a good solution. Good luck! A simple way to cure that is to fill the gaps up as best you can. All slugs like three conditions that will allow them to breed and thrive: Darkness; Dampness; Smooth Surfaces; I usually see slugs in basements, hallways, kitchens, and even inside living rooms. For a long time, I had a problem with these slugs both in my house and in my garden. Well, maybe a couple of explanations: It is usually claimed that these snails climb on objects to avoid the higher temperatures found on and near … My cat loves catching them, but will sometimes just sit and watch them. The best and quickest way is just to kill them. The slugs won’t crawl over the ash to get to the plant. You may notice that around this season, slugs tend to disappear. ... Could be your sewer pipe has broken, and the slugs are crawling up it into your kitchen. When we had a cat, slugs would appear to eat the cat food in a bowl by the back door. They breed very quickly and can grow to about 3" long and also quite fat. I, Colae [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://c. I am not quite sure how they manage to actually get under these, but they do. This will be really great on getting rid of slugs. A bird table is a great idea, as it attracts birds that will eat slugs. Sprinkling sand around edges would work too. Many people believe that it may be that their house is dirty and that is what attracts the slugs in the first place. Participant. We like to make our houses look nice with flowers and planters, but don't leave them right outside your door. How Do Slugs Get in the House? Slugs can get into your house a lot more easily than you may think. Sea salt works better because it is more coarse. Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on December 31, 2012: I never thought of slugs getting in the house. Moist locations are especially attractive if a … Would you like to write for us? I'm assuming since a lot of moisture, mold & mildew under & around the house the whole house is open season.. What if they are still babies, the ones I have in my home are about 1inch in size but they do look like they would turn into a full grown slug. I've had slugs in the garden before and, you're right, they are destroyers. A sharp stick will do the trick. Winter is a good time to deal with slugs. Good job. But inside my water pressure is … The squirrels gathered the apples and stored them in the attic. Thanks for sharing this lens. I've seen them on stoops. Sorry grumble over. To keep those creepy crawlers from devastating your garden, try any of these 5 easy solutions. I've never seen so many. There can be many reasons behind the stay of snails on your house but three reasons are major. This is now making me crazy , I don't know what to do because they are so small. Slug killers work quickly. My other concern was that I have kids and a dog that could get into poisonous pellets or sprays. The ceiling in my grandmother’s house fell in because they had squirrels and apple trees. Wearing rubber gloves, throw the slugs in a plastic bag, seal, and dispose. Slugs feed on plants and weeds, so if you have any outside your door, slugs will like the environment. @LadyDuck: You are 100% correct. Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 04, 2012: @AnimalHouse: Thanks for the kind comment. The normal name for them is the "field" slug Deroceras reticulatum The other type is a brown colour but they are slightly smaller called the keeled slug. They look horrible and leave a slime trail everywhere they go. I spread wood ash (free from a friend with a fireplace) on the ground under the plants. Is it the side of the house that has lichen or mosses growing on it Ali.? Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on April 07, 2014: @GrammieOlivia: Thanks very much for your very kind comments and I am so pleased that you found the information so helpful. I cannot see any algae on the wall Al, its whitewashed render and looks whiter than white at the moment, but the slate tiles have a lot of moss, It’s possible they could be heading for the tiles This especially happens in utility rooms when they manage to get in there. Make the ground unappealing to slugs. I'm going to make sure this get on the Weekend Gardeners page here on FB. The main drawback of using this is that you do need something to attach it to, and in certain circumstances, it can be very difficult to keep it on. Throw salt on them, and they will be dead in a few minutes. Slugs are massively muscular for their size. @LiteraryMind: Well I hope you never have a problem with them but if you do at least you know where to come to find out about getting rid of them. I've used this tape a lot around the back and front doors as well as certain areas of my garden. Not only can you find them in the garden, but you can also find them inside your house—which is a really horrible thought. Pretty reasonable if it works,which it looks like it does!! Simply poke a stick into them and drop them into a bucket of water. Herbal repellents Someone told me to chop up chalk and spread outside the doors around the garden and the around the house and sprinkle it up against were the ground a the base of the house meet! That is priceless! Here are some very quick and effective tips to get rid of slugs quickly. I know many people are too squeamish to do that and that's why things like the barrier tape work so well. @anonymous: I hear you. I like your idea about throwing salt on them. The only appeal your house has for them is darkness and dampness. Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on May 20, 2013: I never heard about copper tapes before. I had a weird dream the other night that a slug snuck up on me and stole my penguin biscuit, it was crawling really slowly and then suddenly took me by surprise, snatched the biscuit and 'ran' off cacking (it grew little tentacle like legs in my dream). Every evening there is a procession of slugs climbing up one side of the house, there are no plants nearby and nothing to get to other than the roof which is where they appear to be heading for. This is how to get rid of them. @TolovajWordsmith: The tapes work great around the doors but to require annual maintenance. I'm bit more squeamish and try eggshells and coffee grounds, but usually follow your 'poke and pail' approach when that doesn't work. It simply stops them in their tracks and sends them off in a different direction. There's moisture where they are. I do get a bit fed up of cleaning my windows only to find slime trails all up them. If you are doing your last grass cut for the year and preparing the ground, this is a good time to make the ground rough and unappealing to slugs. You will find more and more slugs in my country Australia, specially in spring. I asked my neighbor if he was having similar problems, and he said that he had been tortured with slugs at one time. I can't wait to get out his house. They can ruin a garden, especially a vegetable garden, in only a few nights if left to their own devices. By Peter van der Sluijs (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via. Sigh. Well, we're looking for good writers who want to spread the word. I keep telling myself that they look amazing, can be beautiful colours and patterns and are prize copers with finding food … so what, darned critters!! The only thing I can say about that is that there are more slugs than I had time to get rid of, both in my garden and just outside my house. Very interesting information. Try planting flowers that don't trail along the ground, and keep the soil well aerated as you go. Quite large slugs can squeeze through rather small cracks/gaps. He loves to share his tips with those who enjoy their gardening, By Filip Vaculík (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikime. … We use the Scotts brand you have listed above. They are especially good for vegetable gardens or lawns that have plants that are low to the ground. I am from Brooklyn, NY. I can't stand those nasty things..worse than a snake!! Please Help It would be appreciated...Thank you. Wear old clothes and gloves when doing this type … The tape is a cheap and easy method to end your problem. Furthermore, how do I stop snails coming into my house? Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on November 18, 2013: @applejacking: Thanks Rarity and now you know the best ways of getting shot of them. If its any consolation Daffy I regularly find them in the house, we have not had a chance to put the flooring down and they get in between the skirting and floor boards….. Yuck, have I missed anything haven’t been G/c for a while been very busy on the allotment and other related jobs, anyway slugs because the winter has been warmer than most years slugs have basically been enjoying the mild weather ready to come out in spring and have a feast on our crops, we use organic slug pellets on open ground and the non organic on the razed beds that are netted but its quite costly having to keep up with the slug population after the heavy rain as it seems to wash away the pellets, but I have been doing some trials on an organic method that seems to be working as I said its only at its trial stage and I’m yet to see if its going to be successful I’m presently trialling on my razed beds, the only downside is it may be no cheaper than the ones already on the market but could be more effective because you only use it once and it last the hole season, will let you know after the I’ve completed the trials and the formula to make your own, Look forward to hearing what your secret weapon is Roly, Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total), Write your own blog or article, or post a video, This topic has 8 replies, 6 voices, and was last updated. I'll remember that! Pennies will work just as well too. I will have to keep this in mind in case they ever to. If you suspect that this is the route taken by slugs inside then the best way to stop slugs coming up the sink is to weigh the plug down, perhaps with a pile of dishes, and to block the overflow with tape at night. Slugs have a great sense of smell so will make a … That is certainly an interesting one to try to not one that I have heard of ever before. That pretty much takes care of them. Slugs don't like to crawl over anything scratchy like sand that cuts. How To: Get Rid of Slugs Slugs can do major damage to your favorite flowers and plants overnight. He still had the problem but greatly diminished it by putting a bird feeder into the garden. Why Are There Snails on My House? Get in touch with us… Now I don't eat lettuce at all. I noticed one on my bathroom window the other day - it must be at least 7 metres in height! There is nothing worse than waking up on a beautiful morning, only to find slugs in your house. If you’ve found slugs in kitchen cupboards or trails on pantry shelves, you can use these tips to get rid of slugs in the house and prevent a future slug infestation. I suggest you sleep … Plus all this rain we've been getting.ugh.now they are coming in the house. They did not come through the cat flap. Slugs in house should be banished to the chicken house. @CoolFool83: Thanks and I think a great many people would share your opinion. In my flower pot on the kitchen counter. Your immediate problem - getting the slug trails off the side of your house - is going to take a little elbow grease. Does anyone else have this phenomenon, or have any idea why they are doing this? As to why they enter the house, they must detect the smell of something edible. I have a backyard and at the moment have no plants - but I still have loads of snails. Tiny Garden Snails. My hostas were riddled with holes from slugs. One solution for getting rid of slugs would be to release a bunch of red bellied snakes in you home because slugs are their favorite food and they are a nice gentle little snake that does no harm...but I don't think that will catch on in popularity. Salt. We all have darkness in our houses, and they will have some moisture inside. Slugs are slimy creatures that eat plants, and they love dampness and darkness. As slugs are not renowned for their scuba capabilities, I would seriously doubt they are making their way through the saniflow. They make slugs disappear and stop breeding, which really is the biggest issue with slugs. In the kitchen? So, put copper bands around your flowerpots or beds to deter them from crawling up and onto your plants. It uses an organic solution that doesn't actually kill the slugs. For example, you can spray a band of waterproof WD-40 around your containers, and the snails and slugs will be unable to climb up it. Home › Forums › Gardening Questions › Slugs – Why do they climb walls. My kids are also frightened of them, and my wife hates them with a passion. I can assure you that this is not true—it is simply the environmental conditions of where you live. Salt will kill plants. Put some around the outside of the house. Always wear gloves when putting this on, as the metal edging is very sharp and will cut you. Slugs! I am not quite so fond of it these days. Most slugs are light brown or gray in color, although the famed banana slug of the Pacific Northwest is often a bright yellow. WD-40 is waterproof, so it will … Thanks for your comment Cynthia. They're driving me crazy! To deter snails in your container garden, you can set up barriers around your plants or their containers. Recently it has been found that snails carry the Pig Liver Worm which gets into the human and into the brain through lettuce that is contaminated when they crawl over it. If you keep plant pots around the doors of your house, know that slugs enjoy staying underneath them. Snails may move slowly, but it doesn't take them long to eat their way through a garden, destroying fruits, vegetables and other plants as they go. Ooh Sheila, slug porn, now that’s something I could not put up with, I will have to put a stop to that, there are enough of the blighters as it is without them using the house as a breeding ground. According to Google, slugs climb in order to suspend themselves from a thread of mucus, in order to mate – so you may be witnessing part of a riotous mating ritual, which I would very quickly interrupt….. June 16, 2016 at 10:23 am #39677. gertie. Never had slugs in the house yet but they do get onto the Patio where I sometimes walk on them accidentally, Enjoyed this lens. So far it has decreased the amount we've seen, it as they're afraid of it as we were told we'll see..I'll keep you posted!! A great tip is to use slug-killer granules really early in the spring when slugs start to breed a lot. In North America, slugs can measure up to 10 inches long. It works really well, is easy to fix, and lasts for around three years before it needs replacing. Damp conditions allow algae to grow - this will attract slugs and snails too - get yourself a nice tub of salt and use it liberally around doors and other areas where you find the slugs - they will soon get the message that this is no longer a pleasant place to be and leave for elsewhere 7.1K views View 1 Upvoter Frankly I’ll be joining the slugs in climbing the walls (although not to have a slimy mating meeting) if this darned torrential wet stuff doesn’t desist and soon "Keep Slugs and Snails Out of the House... A bird table is a great idea". Coffee grounds may deter some species of slugs but their effectiveness as a deterrence is varied––some gardeners have found that snails and slugs just speed up to get past the grounds quickly. I moved into my fathers old house..his house is a breeding ground for moistures afters yrs & yrs of leaks and the area being low & a lot of grass. As must as I dislike roaches and water bugs, I never seen those nasty looking creatures until I move to SC. A great way to do this is to use copper tape. Don't waste time with beer traps—they are a hit-or-miss method. Slugs come out at night, so any of these options will require a nighttime walk around the garden. 4. There are many home remedies to get rid of slugs in your house; some of these work and some don't, and we shall cover that as well. I have used these in my garden and other people's gardens, and they have all reported great results. It seemed to get rid of those slimmy guys and I hope they don't come back! Moist plant debris, underneath rocks, low weeds, mulch and fallen logs all provide hiding places for snails and slugs. Some of them worked for a while, but the slugs returned. I tried all the usual off-the-shelf products, including various types of pellets, sprays, and beer traps. https://www.growerexperts.com/why-do-slugs-come-in-the-house This slug has just squeezed through a crack. @Erin Mellor: Hi Erin, yes that is as good a way as any. Avoid any type of ground-covering plants, as slugs are experts at hiding under them. They are crawling on the living room wall, carpet, etc. I have seen them literally destroy a small vegetable garden in a single overnight feast. Erin Mellor from Europe on July 24, 2013: My brother strolls around each damp evening with a pair of sturdy scissors he reserves for slug slicing. Moisture is a key requirement for snails and slugs since they are adversely affected by dry conditions and the loss of body moisture. Well to House [ 2 Answers ] My well is about 75 yards from my house, I used 2 inch pipe to go from my well to the house, I have water pressure that will almost take the skin off your hand at the pump and outside before the house. They can also get in through any gaps in old doors or windows. This won't kill them, but it might slow them down and keep them off your plants. Well done. Strangely enough, research shows that slugs and snails cannot tolerate crawling on copper surfaces, which gives them a mild electrical shock when they crawl over it. If you are squeamish, then ask someone who isn't to help you. We traced them to a narrow gap round the outflow pipe of the kitchen sink. Its bad enough having the blighters all over the garden, but I am beggared if I know why they are climbing the wall. The salt must be applied directly to the slugs, which isn't a lot of work if you only see a few slugs on the deck each night. They clime up my house onto my back deck, around the cat food/bedding. The frustrating thing about battling slugs is that you feel you made some progress, but the slugs just come back year after year. Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on November 26, 2012: I never thought I would like a Slug, but I like your lens and help :) We had them in the yard and it was icky! Thanks:). Slugs need moisture to live. Is your home suffering from a bee infestation? I never knew that one before but I like that idea much better than chemicals. Shudder... this gives better alternatives! They also insist upon spreading their slime across the deck before finishing up and going away. Yech! I hope you have found this helpful and that you are able to get rid of slugs from your home quickly and, hopefully, for forever. Because they will graze on it. We have two types here but the main type is the large grey garden slug. You could also glue loose sand over a large cardboard and lay it down at night where the slugs are entering/exiting once you learn that and lift it during the daytime. All crevices or crannies in both exterior and interior walls both above and below ground should be filled with steel wool and sprinkled with diatomaceous earth. @Aunt-Mollie: Salt works great on these bad boys. Try using copper tape to prevent slugs from entering your home. How to stop Slugs/Snails from crawling on my house and back deck? Enda McLarnon (author) from Belfast, Ireland on December 03, 2012: @AnimalHouse: You are welcome and I am glad you found it useful. This will stop them from making a home in your garden or lawn, and it will also help reduce their population throughout the year. The septic system is often forgotten by homeowners until something goes wrong, and then, many times, it is too late for a simple solution. It makes them shrivel up and die and that does make them a bit easier to lift out and get rid of. Great information here and lots of options. There are a number of them on the market, and as an avid gardener, I have tried a number of them. They have been crawling up walls in my daughters corner where she kept her laundry and now just found one crawling on my blanket in bedroom. If you have a leafy garden, moss, or any type of slimy surface close to your house, slugs can get in through vents and under or through skirting boards. There are several ways to seal your house and prevent a worm infestation. It works great for wrapping around flower pots and tubs. I don't think I've ever had slugs in the house, I guess that's good news! I creep around the house hoping I don't touch, step or eat one..I'll die..there is not enough room for me & them..It's nice to know I don't have it as bad as the stories I've read..I'm praying for all of us to be rid of them..they are nasty & ugly..city gal!! The whole box of 24 jumbo sidewalk chaulk cost $1.00. It does no harm every now and then to do a quick check, especially if the pot is sitting close to any of the entrances to your home. This is a good lens on slugs but I wonder what kind you have. Thanks for the comment. How to prevent slugs in your house. We only have so much time in the garden so have to make use of all the ways available as help for us! Stephanie from Canada on December 06, 2013: I've never had a slug problem, but when I moved into my apartment I found silverfish. These three reasons are: Moisture; Humidity; Low Light In fact, any of these items can be used as lures. It attracted quite a few wild birds that apparently helped eat the slugs. I had to be careful using these as well. 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