Other Pests: Slugs

MouseMesh was designed to keep mice out of your home; with the advent of MouseMesh with a stainless steel frame we have a product that will keep rats out of your home – sometimes this is referred to as RatMesh.

It has also been acknowledged that the fine mesh of the MouseMesh grill will also keep insects pests such as waspscockroaches and beetles out of your home.

Now, thanks to a testimonial from a satisfied MouseMesh client we can add slugs to the list of pests that MouseMesh that can stop entering your home.

The article below has been published by a variety of article publishing web sites – the site we quote from here is MouseMesh:

Preventing Slugs From Entering Your Home

By Nicholas Elwin

Slugs like damp situations and live under stones. Unlike snails, which hibernate during the winter by sealing themselves in their shells, slugs are active throughout the year.

Slugs are mostly found in the garden where they can be a real problem for gardeners, munching away at their plants throughout the year but they are often considered a greater problem in the house.

Slugs in the home pose little health problems to humans though they may carry all sorts of viruses and bacteria. They may find their way into your vegetable rack and begin to eat your vegetables, thus spoiling them. Slime trails across the floor are unpleasant, unsanitary and unsightly – and it is horrible to tread on a slug, particularly if you are not wearing anything on your feet! Since slugs feed mostly at night they are often found in your home first thing in the morning.

There are two main ways to prevent slugs entering your home – one is to create a barrier of some sort – a copper strip or something that slugs do not like cross, such as dry grit, crushed eggshells or ash. The other is slug pellets, salt, or other chemicals. The caffeine in coffee has also been found to keep slugs and snails at bay. These do, however, pose the problem of poisonous materials that children and pets may find and it might be difficult to encircle your house with eggshells or ash!

The other is to block all means of entry.

Slugs can enter your house through holes under doorways, in gaps between bricks and through damaged fascias. These entry points should be discovered and blocked with cement, plaster or wood.

A more common entry point is the holes in the air bricks situated around your house. These are vital components of your house, allowing air to enter the cavity walling so keep it aired and damp-free and so it is essential that these holes are not blocked.

The solution is to cover the air brick with a fine wire mesh or purchase a purpose-made wire mesh cover that can be easily fitted over the air brick. This will still allow air to pass through the air brick but the fine mesh will prevent slugs entering.

Preventing slugs from entering your home is a much more humane method of slug control than using chemicals – leave it to the gardener to solve the slug problem in their domain!

Nicholas Elwin is a business advisor for Mouse Mesh and author of several articles relating to pest control.

He has been awarded Expert Author and Handyman Achievements by Ezine Articles

Article Source: Preventing Slugs From Entering Your Home

Testimonial from GDD Northern Ireland, April 2014

I used No More Nails to fix these over two air bricks on our conservatory. Slugs were using one as access to get under the house. They didn’t bother me but the wife hates them and, especially on wet nights, the ground beside our back steps was covered in them. Not any more. If they’re going to keep slugs out they’ll certainly keep mice and other pests out too because the mesh is pretty fine.The product looks good too when fitted and using No More Nails meant it was an easy task although be advised you have to use a lot of the compound because of unevenness of bricks. Make sure you don’t leave any gaps when doing this – check there is a complete seal right around the product.

The products arrived quickly and well packaged and in my opinion are aesthetically suitable for any home where they match the brick colour. I’d certainly buy from this seller again.

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