A snail that can survive a shot of bleach can survive a shot of chlorine, and most species of snails are fairly tolerant of chlorine. What this means is that even if you flush snails down the toilet or drain, they stand a good chance of surviving to make it into our waterways.
Slugs will come inside for something they need, likely warmth or shade. So, knowing what attracts them could help keep them at bay. "The Yellow Cellar slug mostly eats mould and algae but can also be found eating leftovers, pet food and compost. "It is attracted to dark damp refuges such as vents and drains.
If you have a leafy garden, moss, or any type of slimy surface close to your house, slugs can get in through vents and under or through skirting boards. They do leave that telltale silver slimy trail behind them. They can also get in through any gaps in old doors or windows.
Slugs do not bite in a traditional way. Yet, they use a ribbon-like organ to scrape rocks and other surfaces, which can include human skin. Slug bites are not as dangerous as you would think. Among the few occurrences of slug bites, only some people experienced tingling and pulsation in the bitten area.
Note that slugs do not regenerate from each half when cut through. That is worth remembering when you encounter the adults while doing other chores; just snip them, stomp them, smash them; anything to separate head from tail. After the first year, you can probably dispense with the flashlight and the evening hunt.
It may be a surprise, but slugs can cause harm. The slimy mucus that slugs produce can cause excess drool or vomiting in pets like cats and dogs if ingested. Even worse, some slugs carry a parasite called rat lungworm which can transfer into your pet if they eat a slug.
You can actually dispose of dead slugs and snails in any way that is convenient. That includes throwing them into the compost, into the dustbin, burying them or whatever other ideas you may have that you personally feel comfortable with.
Though terrestrial snails do not swim, terrestrial pet snails like to have a bowl of water for drinking and for bathing, though it is not required. Terrestrial snails can drown in too much water, so if you provide a water bowl, it should be shallow and not easily tipped when crawled upon by the snail.
If you want to kill snails, you can do so with salt. Salt, for example, absorbs water from mollusks, which dehydrates and kills them. Sprinkle the salt directly onto the snails or use a thick layer of it to create a barrier. Be aware, though, that salt can harm plants and other animals.
Yes, it is cruel to salt a slug. Pouring salt on a slug triggers osmosis and causes the slug to die a slow, painful death of dehydration. Humans would experience a similar effect by pouring salt into their open eyes.
A snail's heart has two chambers, one ventricle and one atrium. It is located in the heart bag, the so-called pericardium. The heart bag is also important to the snail's excretion, meaning the disposal of indigestible material usually rich in nitrogen.
After a slug has eaten and digested food (a wide variety of plants, fungi, earthworms and carrion), a mucus string of scat leaves through its anus, which is hidden under the leathery patch called a mantle, located just behind its head.
Slugs will sleep on and off for several hours at a time but then might stay awake for 30 hours without a break. Slugs may also hibernate, depending on the weather conditions. They will stay active when temperatures remain above 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
They can also climb a vertical surface and even travel upside-down. Common entry points include the spaces under doors, holes drilled in the floor for water or gas pipes, joints along walls, cut-outs for furnace and dryer ducts and holes for electrical wiring.
Slugs dislike plants with heavily fragranced foliage, like many common herbs. They also dislike plants with fuzzy or furry foliage. Slugs are a favorite food of many different predators. Encourage birds, snakes, lizards, toads, frogs, ground beetles, and other natural predators to make a home in your garden.
After much wriggling about and tugging the slugs separate and find an appropriate place to lay eggs. An impregnated slug will lay between 3 and 50 eggs in a somewhat sheltered spot (under a bark chunk, in a small hole or crevice or someplace similar). Baby slugs will hatch in a month or two and mature in a few months.