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How to Get Rid Of and Prevent Household Pests and Home Infestations

Information, facts and resources to help you deal with an infestation of household pests and, if the worst happens, how to destroy them and prevent the household pests return.


Slugs

What does a Slug look like?

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Slug

Slug Description

  • Slugs are long, slender creatures about 7-15cm long and vary in colour from yellow to grey.
  • Slugs eyes are on stalks on the head and they have no legs.

Where do Slugs live?

  • Slugs usually live in the garden, in moist cracks and crevices, and under damp stones and leaves.
  • Slugs normally remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.
  • Slugs sometimes come indoors, if the house is damp, and will live in cellars and under floors.

What are the signs of Slug infestation?

  • Sightings of Slugs.
  • Slugs leave shiny, slimy trails similar to snails which are often spotted after the slugs have retreated.

What do Slugs eat?

  • Slugs' favourite foods are animal and plant remains.
  • Slugs are scavengers.

Why must Slugs be controlled?

  • Slugs are indicative of damp conditions and poor hygiene.

How can I get rid of Slugs?

  • Slugs, although they do not harm, are annoying because of the trails they leave behind.
  • Slugs are associated with dampness so curing the dampness and replacing any rotten timbers, sealing obvious holes where they may enter the house, etc, will make the house unattractive to them.
  • In addition, remove any garden waste, building waste and so on, from around the outside of the house.
  • Pesticides are available from garden centres and chemists for the control of slugs. Read and follow the instructions on the product label precisely. Use only products that state on the label that it may be used to control slugs.
  • Remember, pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty container safely.

How can I prevent Slugs from returning?

  • Good hygiene.
  • Remove damp conditions which encourage slugs.

Slug Poisons and Slug Pesticides

  • Slug pesticides are available from garden centres and chemists for the control of slugs.
  • Always read and follow the instructions on the product label precisely.
  • Use only products that state on the label that it may be used to control slugs.

The "Green Option" - Environmentally friendly control of Slugs

  • Slugs are not harmful to human health and safety so consider tolerating them.
  • Remove damp conditions and environments.
  • Slugs are associated with dampness so curing the dampness and replacing any rotten timbers, sealing obvious holes where they may enter the house, etc, will make the house unattractive to them.
  • In addition, to deter slugs and snails, remove any garden waste, building waste and so on, from around the outside of the house.

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