Video: A Cellar Without Slugs. Means Of Protection. How To Get Rid Of. Photo
Pieces of plywood, linoleum or some other material should be spread on the ground, where they will hide from the dry daytime air. Then it remains only from time to time to collect them there. The conditions in the cellar are completely different. High air humidity and constant temperature (about 5 degrees) contribute to the activity of slugs throughout the year.
We have the most common mesh slug. They are small (about 2-4 cm long) creatures with a reduced shell. They are hermaphrodites, that is, they have both male and female reproductive systems, they fertilize each other, and each of them can lay up to 400 eggs. They are nocturnal creatures. In the morning they hide in humid places, and such "traps" of flat material are actually the only way to destroy them.
It's difficult to talk about the size of the traps: slugs can hide even under a brick left in the garden. The main function of such a trap is to keep the air humidity. Pests are afraid of water, they need to breathe. Therefore, in the rain, they climb out on plants, tree trunks, walls.
In the cellar, if the entire floor is filled with dishes, boxes with vegetables and fruits, it is almost impossible to find them. Somehow they know there when night falls. For a day, they can hide at the bottom of the box with carrots, and under it, and in the corners and along the walls in the ground, and in high humidity - even on the outer walls of boxes or other containers.
In the 70-80s of the last century, the drug against slugs "Meaphos" was produced. Little by little it was poured under the laid out "traps" - pieces of various flat materials. The slugs slid under them, as if bewitched, where they were collected. However, this drug is currently not on sale. Several years ago, another drug against slugs was on sale - Thunderstorm (not to be confused with Thunderstorm against rats and mice). It is also impossible to find it on sale.
It remains only to raise all the boxes with vegetables above the floor by 20-25 cm and lay flat traps on the floor. After a while, the lower boxes will dry out, and the slugs will have no choice but to go down to the floor, into traps from where they can be collected. To attract them even more, you can spread pieces of their favorite fruits and vegetables underneath, be sure to cut them. This will make the slugs feel better.
Another feature of slugs: a small path of any the cheapest mineral fertilizer or salt for them is an insurmountable obstacle. This can be used in the fall, when they enter the cellar through cracks or a strangler.
In nature, for the winter, slugs hide in crevices, in heaps of weeds spread out in the garden. By burning the weeds, you can destroy them too. For the winter, they lay eggs, laying out 10-20 eggs. This must be remembered, because even after destroying them all, babies will hatch from the eggs laid in the fall in May. Therefore, in early April, the floor in the cellar should be sprinkled with crushed fertilizer, especially along the walls. Small slugs will not be able to crawl on such a mound and will die of hunger.
Oddly enough, but the translucent eggs of slugs and grape snails (2 to 5 mm in size) people ate, salting like fish roe. They did not differ from red and black caviar in taste and nutritional value - only in color and price. Red caviar is collected in tons during the spawning of fish, and the egg-laying of slugs had to be collected in 10-20 pieces in unknown places, therefore it cost ten times more.
It was a particularly exquisite and expensive delicacy: the craftsmen raised slugs that laid eggs in designated areas, and received considerable profits from this.