Is there anything worse than finding a slug in your home? One slug is bad enough but finding and removing multiple slugs can start to become a daily task. It’s a rare occurrence that slugs will make their way into your home and normally there is a reason. Before you start to think about how to get rid of slugs in your home, you need to know the reason why they’re there and how to keep them out.
We’ve put together this guide of the best tips on how to get rid of slugs in your home, know why they are actually there in the first place, and how to keep them out forever. Whilst these tips have helped people get rid of their little slug friends from inside of their house, they may not work for everyone. Try out the different methods as one is bound to finally tackle the slug problem you have!
Slugs typically turn up during the rainy months and will more likely appear when there has been heavy rainfall the night or day before. Slugs have an amazing sense of smell, and this is something to look out for. Most of the time, the reason behind finding slugs in your house will be due to the fact that they’ve smelt something they like on your porch or hallway (such as dog food) and have proceeded to slide into your home. They are attracted to kitchens, pantries, and even dog food.
They also have no bones at all in their body, which means they can get through tiny cracks and holes in the smallest places throughout your home. People have even shown that slugs can get themselves through cracks less than half as small as they are! As they are sticky, and they glide on surfaces, they can also take a vertical or upside down approach to getting into your home, therefore just because a hole is in the ceiling doesn’t mean to say that a slug won’t get in from there.
Common entry and exit points for slugs include under doors, joints along walls (if they’re not tightly sealed), dryer ducts or holes for any electric wiring, and if there are holes in the floor for any water or gas pipes. It is very surprising how small of a crack or hole slugs can actually use as an entry point, which may be the reason you don’t think there is a cause to your slug infestation, when in fact there is!
There are various methods you can try to get rid of the slugs in your house, however, the bad news is that the ones that are already in your house will have to either be picked up and taken out or killed using salt or toxic powder.
The best method for getting rid of the slugs already in your house is to use tissue (kitchen roll is best) to pick up the slugs and take them outside of your house, placing them back in the grass or road away from your garden and front door.
If you want to use the salt method then this requires pouring table salt onto the slug or around them, this will kill the slug and leave a big slimy mess afterwards so we would recommend not using this method if you want a clean and quick method.
Use a torchlight in a dark room to see where the slug trails are, this will lead you to the entry and exit points of the slugs. After you have done this you can use any of the following methods to prevent them from ever coming back!
You should also check for any holes, gaps, or small joints which slugs could use to get in and out of in the future. This could be in various cabinets, vents, or pipes. If you have any rather large holes or cracks you may have to get them professionally sorted out as these methods will normally only work for smaller problems, you have in your home.
After trying these methods, we hope all of your slug worries go away, they aren’t nice to have crawling all over your house but at the same time, you don’t want to kill them all. That’s exactly why you just want to prevent them coming in in the future! We hope at least one of these methods work for you!