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Every morning in our newly bought house we are finding fresh dried tracks of slugs in our kitchen. I would like to know how to find where they are coming from and how to stop them from entering the house. Has anyone encountered such an issue?

EDIT-1: Made some interesting discoveries last night. The slugs don't enter if the room is lit. When we turn off the lights, they slowly start showing up. So I took my hand torch and came back after about 45 minutes and one was poking its head from a space underneath the drawers which are beneath the kitchen counter top. After I got rid of the first one, 3 more came in when I came back after 2 hours :( I still need to figure out if there are any cracks or holes through which its entering from the outside.

Found this useful link: http://www.allaboutslugs.com/slugs-in-the-house/

EDIT-2: Here's what I did to control them from entering: Removed the wood chips near the wall for about a feet and put paver sand and line of Uncle Ian's slug repellent. In the morning, the slugs braved the sand but I can see the U-turns in the track once they encountered the repellent. I chose that since it had only dried blood and cinnamon. No toxic stuff. But it was very irritating to the nose. As soon as I opened the bag and started applying it, I kept sneezing 4-5 times.

EDIT-3: Adding my comment as an edit here. The Uncle Ian's slug repellent only helped a little. Ended up taking out the board underneath the kitchen sink and the corner shelf beneath the kitchen counter and found out there was a big hole in the floor board. The previous owners moved the kitchen sink from the corner to its current location and both of them had holes which were not properly sealed. The slugs were coming out of those two gaps from the crawl space. So I bought the Styrofoam spray, filled the holes and boarded the shelves back. After that we didn't see the slug in the kitchen - knock on wood :)

  • Have to ask what worked for you and how u use to throw them in morning? They r disgusting – Nofel Jul 28 '17 at 23:19
  • @Nofel: The Uncle Ian's slug repellent only helped a little. I eventually ended up taking out the board underneath the kitchen sink and the corner shelf beneath the kitchen counter and found out there was a big hole in the floor board. The previous owners moved the kitchen sink from the corner to its current location and both of them had holes which were not properly sealed. The slugs were coming out of those two gaps. So I bought the Styrofoam spray, filled the holes and boarded the shelves back. After that we didn't see the slug in the kitchen - knock on wood :). – yasouser Jul 29 '17 at 0:32
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There's probably a few air bricks behind your kitchen units. Nail bit of fine mesh over them outside.

  • I could not find any air bricks but found a crack which I suspect is the entry point but I do suspect the space between the siding wood. So I'm planning on putting some mesh like you suggested. – yasouser Sep 22 '15 at 18:19
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Find where they are coming from: follow the slimy tracks to whatever holes they are slipping through.

Stop them from entering: seal up the holes.

Prevent re-occurrence: keep all holes sealed; use snail/slug killer in outdoor planters adjacent to doors, windows, and holes.

  • Slug tracks zig-zag around a lot so it's hard to follow them back. When you can, they often stop when there's a change in surface material. We've been looking for the source of our slugs for ages, and back-tracking the slime trails hasn't helped. – jml Jun 20 '17 at 10:11

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