Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Slimy Little F**ker

It's not often I swear in real life. It's not often I swear on my blog. Although I find myself writing that more often so maybe I'm in denial? 

Anyway, I need to swear. We've had an unwelcome visitor in our house over the last week or so.

A big fat slug.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. A slug.

Not just in the house. In the bloody kitchen!

Turning to my good friend Google, I found myself typing 'slugs in kitchen' into the search box and discovered it's a common occurrence to get slugs coming into your house. They wander in through air bricks or vents and decide to stay like disgusting gelatinous squatters.

I have been gagging at the thought of it. I say 'thought' because we weren't able to clap eyes on the slimy little fucker for over a week. We would just come down in the morning to its gross slimy trails all over the laminate floor. 

Now, there are numerous ways to evacuate the blighters from your home. There's the common 'salting' method. Anyone who's thrown salt at a slug will know the grossness that ensues - a fizzing brown mass of slug and guts. Just what I wanted in my kitchen. There are slug pellets that you can buy but again, I didn't like the idea of a big slug feasting on poison then sliming away to die under my washing machine or something. You can use human hair - apparently they get caught up in in. Although I'm in that post-pregnancy state of moulting (think a husky dog in Spring and you get the gist) and have enough hair spare to make Duncan Goodhew a weeks worth of wigs, I didn't fancy coating my kitchen in hair. So, we opted for beer. Slugs love it - apparently. They are supposedly attracted to the yeast in it and will fall into a pint after getting off their slimy faces.

At this point I have to say that Matt and I aren't really big drinkers. Matt moreso than me - I like the odd bottle *ahem* glass of wine. Not wanting to go off to the off-licence to buy the mini Jabba-The-Hutt some quality beer Matt said he thought he had some in the garage and appeared with a couple of bottles of Budweiser....dated best before June 2011. "It'll do" he assured me. So that night we poured the beer out into some disposable cups and set them out on the kitchen floor then went off to bed.

The next morning I was expecting to open the kitchen door and find a drunk, totally wasted slug floating in the makeshift booze bait. But no, they were empty. No sign of the slug. Then, out of the corner of my eye I noticed something on the kitchen wall. It wasn't the the remains of what appeared to be a slug party on the paintwork. The slimy little fucker had only gone on a rampage all over one of the walls! It was if it had sniffed the stale beer and thought "Those bastards can't even afford decent beer. I'll show them how much I like a good party". The trails went swirling around the wall and he/she (slugs have both reproductive organs apparently - just call me a slug expert) had even slimed our beloved framed San Francisco prints. I swear it was trying to spell out 'LOSERS'.

Plasticine reconstruction - no, the slug wasn't blue
(didn't want to gross you guys out with a picture)
So, the next night (after scrubbing the walls with antibac) we set the alarm for 3am - not a decision any parents of 2 small children takes lightly - but it was if Tiny Ched knew we had declared a slug war and he started to stir at 2.30am and woke me up anyway. I settled TC back to sleep and armed with my phone torch and an old plastic takeaway container I made my way to the kitchen and there sliming nonchalantly across the floor was Mr/Mrs Slug. He was a biggun'. 

Trying not to throw up, I had to bash the slug with the container several times to unstick it from the laminate and then using the lid I scooped it into the container and pressed the lid down.

Job done I left the container on the floor, washed my hands and headed back to bed.

Matt woke up. "Everything okay?" he asked.

"I caught the slug. It was massive."

"Great" He replied a little less enthusiastic than I would have liked but I let him off as it was 3am. "Did you put it outside?".

"No, it's in the container on the kitchen floor. We can get rid of it tomorrow".

Then my mind started racing. Imaging the giant slime ball forcing it's way out of the container like a slug Houdini and going on a rampage on my kitchen worktops, flicking the v's with its tentacles. So, after about 30 minutes of wrestling with my thoughts I ran back downstairs and wrapped the container with tape.

So, we are officially slug free.

Let's hope the slimy little fucker hasn't had any babies.



justanormalmummy said...

YUK. I frigging hate slugs. That's why I have cats - they eat them. Although that is equally puke-inducing... but still - YUK. lol :)

Notmyyearoff said...

Urgh Urgh urggggh!!! I am trying to imagine a nonchalant slug but urggggh! At least you didnt run over one by acvudent and squish it all over your floor and on the sole of your foot. I've done that with a snail ... Urgh errrrgh!

Candi said...

OMG this totally resonates as I nearly threw up when I found maggots in the bin AGAIN today. When you have dirty nappies in there fortnightly bin collections are just not enough! I've had slugs in the kitchen too, but beer always worked, I never had to wage war against them. Hope that him and his slimy friends will be gone for good now x

Alice Harold said...

Aaarrgghhhh those slimy trails are the absolute worst!!!!!!!! High five to you for catching the little bastard.

HELEN said...

bleugh....I feel quite nauseous now! I trotted outside barefoot last night to take a photo of the moon but quickly thought better of it when I kept imagining treading on the squishy little bleeders! x

Mañana Mama said...

You are a brave woman indeed. When I see a slug, I run for the hills...

Abbey Trimboli said...

I love the plasticine reconstruction...hilarious..bahahaha!

HonestMum said...

Poor little slimy slug-at least they leave pretty silver trails everywhere. Le sigh x

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