Slugs in the kitchen
You don’t expect slugs in your kitchen or bathroom right away. Yet many people suffer from these unwanted visitors. At night they find their way in damp houses that are not 100% insulated. The smallest slits are enough for the slug to penetrate.
Damp, dark places
Slugs like moist places. As a result, they can be found in enormous quantities on canals and streams, for example. In order not to dry out, slugs look for moist spots. They have also misunderstood on daylight and mainly emerge at night.
Slugs in the house
Slugs often also find their way inside houses. Especially in damp, older houses, snails manage to sneak in through crevices or other entrances. You can usually find them at night in places with high humidity such as the kitchen or the cellar. During the day, they can hide behind cracks and holes, such as the refrigerator.
How to combat?
If you find a slug in your home, you can of course remove it immediately. Given their low speed, you can easily catch them with, for example, a piece of cardboard. A first step you can take afterwards is to check the places where you suspect that the snails will find their way.
Enemies of the slug
Slugs are slow animals and therefore easy prey for their natural enemies. In the first place these are birds, such as the (song) thrush, but also snakes, lizards, centipedes, frogs, toads and hedgehogs like to eat snails. In the sea, snails are eaten by crustaceans and fish.
The enemy of the enemy is your friend, but of course it is practically impossible to bring one of these animals into the house to fight the snails. That is why you have to use other methods.
The first thing to do when you discover that you have slugs in the house is to find out where they might sneak in. This is not easy, as they can find their way through the smallest openings, but better insulation can already prevent the snail’s route.
Snails absolutely cannot tolerate salt because a snail consists mostly of water. The salt causes the snail to dry out. Fighting slugs with salt is therefore an animal-unfriendly method, but it is very effective. You can sprinkle salt at places where you suspect snails are creeping in.
Snails are fond of beer, or at least the yeast in the beer. They are attracted to beer, but, like the salt, are dried out afterwards. You can therefore proceed in the same way as with the salt: place bowls of beer in the places where you think the snails find their entrance to the house. This is of course also a snail-safe way to make your home free of snails.