As nocturnal mollusks, slugs tend to reside in dark places during the day, such as hedgerows, refuse or rotting logs and timber. Their habitats are very often close to areas of human presence, such as gardens or parks.
These hiding places are also where slugs will lay their eggs. Laid in large quantities, the eggs are held together by a sticky substance that yellows prior to hatching. Slugs develop gradually. They can lay dormant for up to 4 years.
They feed on the shoots and leaves of most field and garden crops, with a particular preference for ripe strawberries, tomatoes and head cabbage, which also provides good shelter during the day.Learn More
Slugs, like other gastropods, do have a pair of eyes. These eyes are situated on the outer edge of a slug's tentacles, which are otherwise known as feelers.Full Answer >
Slugs eat leaves, flowers, vegetables, fruits and decaying matter. Slugs enjoy eating tender, young leaves. They can quickly demolish the contents of a vegetable or flower garden. Most slugs eat at night and are able to consume twice their body weight in food.Full Answer >
While slugs can contain parasites that are potentially harmful to the health of humans, they are rarely if ever poisonous. Slugs are invertebrates that are attracted to moist climates, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest.Full Answer >
Salt works to kill slugs by using the osmosis they depend on to survive to dehydrate them of the water that is within their body. Slugs depend on osmosis because they pick up water from areas surrounding them to hydrate themselves.Full Answer >