Slugs

By Wednesday, September 1, 2010 6 Permalink 0

I my opinion, and I know a lot of you are agree, slugs are gross! They make me nauseous! Lately we keep finding slugs around the house. Last week, early one day, we saw a slimy trail of sliminess in our living room. We couldn’t find that darn slug! We looked under the couch, inside the boys’s toy box, aka playpen, we looked everywhere!! Later that night, or more like early morning the next day, I come downstairs to let Scratch out and BAM! I step on that darn thing! I almost scream in panic while throwing up (great multitasking skills, huh?) both at the same time! But boys were sleeping so I ran to the kitchen trying not to puke and took my socks off (oh yeah, thankfully I was wearing my socks so I did not had skin contact with that thing). Thinking about it still makes my skin crawl and grosses me out in so many levels!

When I stepped on the slug it made a squishy sound and I think I squeezed the guts out of it! Then it started contorting…and I will stop before I actually puke on my laptop (which is in bad shape as it is).

Earl this morning this is who we found outside in our patio:

{Gross}

Just the thought of slugs and having the picture in front of me makes my hands shake!

So, I decided to look up fun facts about slugs. And this is what I found:

  • When in danger the slug will emit a thick mucus coating and make their body shorter and fatter! {Yup, I’ve been a witness of this}
  • Slugs are invertebrates belonging to the scientific classification “Phylum Mollusca” and are closer to the octopus family.
  • Some slugs are actually very sensitive to wind and can dehydrate and die if caught in a wind. {So, if you see a slug and have a hair drier near, don’t think twice and use it!}
  • Slugs have four noses!
  • If you dump salt on a slug it will melt because of the osmotic process through their skin. {I was so tempted to try this, but Ty stopped me even though he was the one to suggest it}

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And now I don’t even want to get close to my back door…yuck!

Facts taken from: Stumblerz.com
6 Comments
  • ale
    September 1, 2010

    guiaqui……… put some salt an lime on them..kill them

    • Sofia
      September 1, 2010

      I was tempted…

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  • Malin Freeman (MomtheBomb13)
    September 1, 2010

    SOFIA!!! Hey gal! Sorry about your slug issues – ugh – and I thought I was the only one to have had run-ins with giganticalastic slugs. O-M-G….this rental house I used to live in had the most enormous of all pests in the yard and laundry building out back: mice, slugs, rats, spiders, roaches, well crickets, you name it. I’m still not convinced we weren’t living on top of some sort of radioactive material that made everything grow twenty times its normal size (you know, sort of like in those cheesy old B horror movies of the 50’s). YUCK. But hey, I have some tips for you to help out (’cause I’m helpful like that):

    1- Pouring salt on them DOES work (yep, been there and done that), but I seem to remember it taking a LOT of salt (especially on those giganticalastic ones) and yeah, it was kinda nasty, but you don’t have to watch them quiver and writhe around until they die…or you could always get the hubs to take care of it…if this isn’t a “man’s job,” I don’t know what is!

    2- You can attract them with beer – just put out a saucer that you will never use again, fill it with beer (any will do – go for the cheap stuff and save the pricey stuff for yourself), and they will literally slime their way on over to the watering hole where they will then drink themselves into a frenzy…and then drown. Yeah, I know, gross. But hey, get the man of the house to take care of the disposal and you don’t have to risk getting totally grossed out at all!

    3- If you’re a coffeeaholic like myself, guess what? You can use your old, yucky coffee grounds to deter those awful beasts from getting into your flowerbeds, etc., by pouring the grounds around on the soil. Then you can pat yourself on the back for being so eco-friendly (or “gween” as my son likes to say…he’s learned a new color and now EVERYTHING is “Gween Mommy!”).

    That’s about all the ammo I have for slugs, but I’m sure if you gave me a little time, I could probably do some research and help you some more. You can thank me later by stalking me back. He-he-he.

    Oh, and by the way, I was SOOOOOO relieved to hear that you were wearing socks when you had that unfortunate run-in with that beast in your home. My entire body almost went into convulsions when I thought you’d stepped on it barefooted and I began to have flashbacks of my own barefooted encounter years ago….breathe in…..breathe out…..breathe in….breathe out…..Sorry, had to go to my happy place…whew! Close call!

    Well, ta-ta for now – kisses and slugs….sorry, just had to do it….HUGS to ya girlie!
    Malin (MomtheBomb)

    • Sofia
      September 1, 2010

      We are definitely coffeeoholics at my house! Will have to save my coffee grinds now!! I found some small slugs under one of my potted trees and I gaged! So gross! But my oldest boy, A, got excited about them and asked me to show them to him again!! Yuck…
      I was going to use the salt and show A what would happen, but the hubs stopped me! He said it was cruel (after he suggested me to try it out, I guess he never thought I’d do it). But we need the salt…so I didn’t.
      I am on my way to stalk you back! Yeah, yeah!
      XOXO!