Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Slugs are really pretty disgusting creatures that love to feed on the plants in your yard or gardens.There are many methods for controlling slugs.
Slugs have a vampire-like aversion to garlic, according to a study that confirms centuries-old gardening folklore.
Scientists have shown that the creatures are repelled by the pungent odour of the herb and will shrivel up and die within hours of exposure to its oil. Another way is the use of beer. Really!!! They love the fermentation and will drink, become intoxicated, and drown. And believe it or not, they have a preference in their beers. We don’t know why they know, but according to a study by Colorado State University the top 3 slug beers are: #1- Kingsbury Malt Beverage; #2- Michelob; #3- Budweiser. Wow, who would have known?There is yet another way to control these beer guzzling creatures, eat them.

River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has created a series of slug recipes for those of you who want to eat these garden pests. Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall rinses slime off the slugs with hot water and vinegar then simmers them in stock before adding tomato sauce.
He also stuffs them with herbs and spices, batters them to make fritters and adds chilli and garlic to create a slug satay. May we offer some advice? If you are going to cook slugs, really cook them, all the way. A Sydney-based man who ate two garden slugs narrowly escaped death from a rare form of meningitis, an often fatal swelling around the brain. If you do eat uncooked or inadequately cooked slugs it is possible to get a parasitic infection that can be dangerous. So just in case you were thinking about slugs for your next meal, you have been warned.