We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here they are, homeless, without a shell to squat under, yet they hold their heads high.
Can your species say the same, when the going gets tough?
Persecuted? And how. Pop a shell on it and suddenly it's escargot at $69 a plate. Remove the shell and it's the garden version of vermin. Please execute every one you see on sight.
Many slug species play an important ecosystem role by eating dead leaves, fungus, and decaying vegetable material. - Wikipedia
Yeah, good idea, kill all the slugs, let the decaying matter build up. Smart move, humanity.
I fought them for years while living in the middle of a Redwood forest. Once a month, I'd grab a big bag of rock salt and lay a perimeter around the building. But I never had anything against them personally. They were just gettin' by.
So, hail to thee, noble slug. Long may thy sliminess reign. Hold your head high in the face of bias, prejudice and blatant slugophobia, and remember, you are not alone. Look at the ugly, squint-eyed opossum. .22-rifle bait for any kid within a mile. Put some fluffy fur on a rat's tail and suddenly it's a cute widdle squirrel. This blatant prejudice runs rampant throughout the animal kingdom, and you must bear your share, noble slug, guilty of nothing more than being homeless.
On the other hand, no matter what the lofty price, being eaten for dinner doesn't sound like much of a fate, so maybe you're better off without the shell.
For those that don't share your slug love, the best home remedy I've found to send them to their maker is beer. A small dixie cup 1/2 filled with beer and burried up to the rim in the mulch near an infested plant will take care of them. The slugs climb in at night and drink themselves to death. Remember to change the beer every day as the scent will gag you if left out more than a few days.
Anything that eats garbage should be respected in everyone's book. Growing up in California, if you killed a robin or pigeon or bluejay or almost anything other bird, no one gave a damn. Kill a seagull, the 'scavenger of the sea', and you'd, correctly, be hung from the yardarm. If you read about the "pristine white beaches of Pismo Beach", the seagulls get credit for the 'pristine' part.
Given that we're the only species that befouls its own nest, you'd think scavengers would be our best friends.
"Come to think of it, if that diet consisted wholly of slugs, I would lose weight like fury."
Yeah, for the first two days. Then you'd be doing what the Hawaiians do to Spam -- anticipating all the different ways you can cook it. You'd wake up in the middle of the night thinking, "Nutmeg! I haven't tried them with nutmeg yet!"
Personally, I prefer a wok, because it seals the juices in.
Another extermination tactic is going out at sundown (with the kids) and collect them in a bottle. (leaving the bottle to bake in the sun the next day is optional!)
By the 3rd evening you will be hard pressed to find 1/10th the amount as the first night.
But I agree they are very useful cleaners of dead vegetation, so it is a pretty sad person who has to take out their frustrations in life on the poor slug. Still, better than going postal.
You can still use beer, but I'd rather drink it while collecting. Shoot, you could even use the first empty for the container!
Thanks, Doc. The best advice seems to be "hand pick them" -- a very labor intensive routine for my few hours of spare time. Yes, I am growing strawberries and raspberries, but my kids love the roses, so...besides, the aroma lights up the yard.
On that lighting topic, my son purchased a dozen solar path lights at Home Depot for $2.99 each as a TY for letting him pluck roses for his love and veggies/herbs for their home dining. These are great lights, casting a good glow and surviving my plowing into them with whatever.