War on Slugs
I HATE Slugs!
Snails - not so bad.
Slugs - loathsome.
With their slimy striated bodies and disgusting creepy habits. Have you ever felt a slug crawl over your hand? Regrettably, I have. It's cold and wet, like a tongue licking you, but not so dribbly.
I would say "live and let live", were it not for the way they disrespect my garden - they've turned it into their favourite restaurant, and I'M NOT HAVING IT!
I even get them sliming over my kitchen and bathroom occasionally - I've never found out quite how they get there, but I expect they come up from the air-space under the house, where the foundations are, and then up through a gap in the floorboards. At least I've never found one in the bedroom. That would be too much!
My Poem About Slugs - The Arena of War - Putting my feelings about garden slugs into poetry - revenge is sweet
The Arena Of War
Last night I remembered to bring in the washing
Before my seedlings welcomed the dark rain.
And when I awoke
Before first dawn,
Slipping warm fleece over nightdress,
My torchlit search for slugs
Revealed twenty four on active engagement,
One caught in the act still gorging
With my snapped beanstalk sticking out of his mouth.
"You won't be doing that again" I whispered,
So as not to disturb the neighbours,
As I despatched him,
along with his cohorts -
Collateral damage, rendition -
Just as it got light
Waterboarded in a pot of saline solution
© Diana Grant 15th May 2009
Important to Remember on Your Killing Spree:
Don't be Seduced into thinking
a slug is harmless and apparently defenceless -
remember they can decimate your tender new seedlings
in one night!
Here are Some Sluggy Things You Can Buy
You need never feel lonely again - there's always a slug nearby
Some Life-like Plastic Slugs - Oh what fun you could have with these!
Fairly realistic slugs -
good for pranks.
Imagine finding a couple of these peeping out
of the Christmas presents or Christmas stocking
On the Other Hand -
If you are not so keen on slugs that you want to replicate them, you might prefer to exterminate them.
Organic slug killer
Remains effective even after rain, so you can sprinkle the pellets on the garden in the evening just before it rains, which brings out great armies of slugs.
Contains iron phosphate, which is harmless to pets and can be used around vegetables
Links to More Web Pages About Slugs - All things sluggy here:
- Slugs and How To Treat Them
A very good treatise!
- Australian man gravely ill after eating slugs 'for a dare' - Telegraph 13 May 2010
Doctors said the man told them he had swallowed two slugs from a Sydney garden after a dare, and had then fallen ill
- Why Slugs? A short and simple explanation for why slugs are beneficial to your garden and the earth
An opposite view to mine: why slugs are good, why you shouldn't kill them, unless you want to eat them, that is, and then there are even a few slug recipes
Some Snails Survive Being Eaten by Birds
Summary of a BBC News Item - 11 July 2011
Research Scientists in Japan have discovered that about 15% of micro 2.5mm land snails Tornatellides boeningi survive intact after being eaten by birds known as the Japanese white-eye, and can be found alive in birds' droppings.
It follows that bird predation could be a key factor in the spread of snail populations.
As an experiment, scientists fed the birds with the snails to see whether any survived the digestive process and discovered that about 15% lived after passing through the birds' guts, and one even gave birth immediately after this process.
The main factor assisting the snails' survival after being eaten is their small size, according to the scientists, and they fared better than previous experiments with larger snail species whose shells suffered severe damage during ingestion by birds.
Poll About Slugs - How do you match up against other pollsters?
Some gardeners behave in a calm and rational way on most occasions. But slugs can bring out strong emotions and the populace is divided about how they view slugs - lovely silky little wriggly darlings, or slimy enemies of the people.