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please help, snail trouble

Post: #248016 mrsflibble
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:22 pm

hi all, hope you are well.

I have a snail living in my living room. I don't know where it hides during the day, but everything near the patio door is covered in dried snail-trail every morning....

I would appreciate some advice on how to oust the little freeloading molluscy lodger. I can't very well serve him with a section 21 notice as 1. I'm not his landlord, 2. snails can't read and 3. I'm pretty sure he's unemployed and I'd hate to leave him financially bereft after a lengthy court battle.

how do I get rid of a snail when I don't know where it's hiding. would prefer not to use chemicals as I have a five year old tiny human in my house.
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Re: please help, snail trouble

Post: #248018 Susie
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:39 pm

I don't know, but I'm sympathetic as we've got a slug and sometimes he knocks over papers. If we are up late (1ish), sometimes he comes out and we go ha ha!, pounce and put him outside, but they come in again eventually O_O.
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Post: #248019 Graye
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:47 pm

We had one of these, although it was a slug rather than a snail. He/she used to come under the door at night and wander about before leaving again. When we moved and lifted the sofa it was covered in silver trails - shows how often I moved it I suppose...

Is there some way it could be getting under your patio door?
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Post: #248025 boboff
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:08 am

Trace the snot back to the perimiter and put a little pile of salt down? Think dampest area?
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Post: #248043 Lost-in-the-Day
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:06 am

I have a little slug who lives in my bathroom. :iconbiggrin: If you want to catch the little fellow you will have the best luck in the late evening and night time when they are active. Just pop into the living room before bed and you'll find him in no time, that or try to follow his trails back to his hiding place.
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Post: #248056 spider8
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:08 pm

We have this problem with small slugs. There are tiny weeny holes in the frame of the patio door (which we keep meaning to block up) and the little critters come in, have a good slide around then hide..........we do find them, usually by stepping on one and sliding along the lino :pukeright: They do come out late evening and night as said here already so go hunting then. Ours have a short sharp flying lesson but it's an on-going problem..........until we fill up those ruddy holes!
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Post: #248061 Susie
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:53 pm

Looks like it's going to be a nighttime vigil for you, Mrs Flib... ;-).
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Post: #248078 baldybloke
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:59 pm

Could always put a beer trap down. At least it would die happy.
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Post: #248083 yvette
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:19 pm

Glad I'm not the only one - I have cup-shaped handles on my kitchen drwers, and when I put my fingers under to pull out the drawer the other day there was a snail hiding there! Probably came through the catflap!

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Post: #248120 MKG
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:30 pm

That's even more impressive than Santa Claus coming down the chimney, Yvette.

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Post: #248140 Shirley
Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:24 pm

I've recently moved back to my mum's and the slugs used to come into my bedroom every night and have a party - there were 7 one night! I could even HEAR them. Anyway - I put salt around the bottom of the skirting boards (this brought out pools of water from the wooden floorboards so I'm not entirely sure what's wrong there but they are obviously very damp) - I also sprayed WD40 at the base of the outside wall and on the airbrick (I strongly suspect the airbrick as their main entrance) - I've not had one slug in since.
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Re: please help, snail trouble

Post: #248351 mrsflibble
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:04 am

I've been trying the salt and still getting trails so he must be active elsewhere now, but I'm buggered if I can find the little oojamyflip!!
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