|Making a tidy, low-maintenance slug barrier|
Bad luck, we thought, but then, nearly a year later, exactly the same thing happened again.
There's just no way of avoiding the occasional slug in the house out here. The main importer appears to be one of the cats, who brings them in on his tail. Why do the slimy little swines seem to be drawn irresistibly to the inner workings of the dishwasher? It must be that their keen sense of smell pulls them towards particles of food within the machine. I wonder if the green colour of the PCB has anything to do with it?
Anyway, I was determined that this should not happen again. The first approach that occurred to me was to strew some rock salt underneath the machine. Duly done. But, considering further, I realised that might not be the best solution.
For one thing, salt is highly hygroscopic. That is, it draws moisture out of the air. So I wondered how long it would take the crystals lying under the dishwasher to 'melt' and how much of a mess that would create.
|What a mess!|
|Functional and attractive|
|Slugs not welcome here|
We didn't have long to wait for confirmation of its effectiveness. On each of the following two mornings I've found a fresh slug trail leading from the cat mat over towards the dishwasher. The beasts then probed their way around the perimeter of the Slug Defender before shearing off and finding a stray salt crystal in the corner that finished them off.