Jun 9, 2015

The hunt is on

for slugs.  I started slug hunting early this year and found tons of very small ones, hard for the blade to cut in the grass.  It was at dusk after a rain, still drizzling.  My hair was frizzing by the minute and falling in my face. 
Adding to the presentation were shorts to show off my Polish knees, an old t-shirt full of paint, and my husband's mocs because of the swollen right foot.  I was hunched over staring at the ground using my bright blue wicked blade as a staff, stabbing the grass with a "gotcha!".   Every year I treat the neighbors to a spectacle that allows the voyeur in all of us, to hide behind a curtain, peek out, watch for quite some time, and mumble out loud...what the hell is she doing?  My back was killing me from the bent position and walking in shoes too big for me wasn't easy, but I persisted. 
 
Ready to call the game because of darkness, one of the larger slugs caught my attention.  He looked furry.  Upon closer inspection, it seems I killed a lot of maple whirlygighickeys.  Next hunt will be in better light.
My husband slipped his mocs on to check the garden and wanted to know how they became soaked.  My usual answer that always stops him from asking anything else - "why would you ask me that?"  He knows it's time to move on. 
 
Have a great day.
 
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12 comments:

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

OMG ... Polish knees, You too?

Adele said...

My dad used to kill slugs up in New York State by filling a shallow container (jar lids) with beer and put them out in the grass where the slugs are found. They would drink the beer and drown "happy".
Maybe you can try it!
Adele Koehler

Vera said...

OMG - too funny Marly. I hate those slugs though...and spiders which we seem to have a lot of this year. Sigh...almost makes me wish for cooler weather.

gracie said...

Yuck, hated to see slugs in our yard back East. Do not think we have them here. Then, I don't do the gardening.

cucki said...

Oh no...slugs....one day I found here one too :(

Vickie said...

Aren't they gross? The kids did not like the way I killed them. Sprinkle salt on them. They writhe around a bit then die. I have read 50 Ways To Kill A Slug. I kid you not. Checked that out from the library I did.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Those whirlygighickeys had it coming - laying there looking sluggish!

Rugs and Pugs said...

If you feel the need to kill any more whirligigs, come to my house. I have plenty.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Annie said...

More than slugs I hate ticks! (shiver)

Frances N said...

Slugs....ugh!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Oh my word, I can see you now !
Go gettum - I would do the same.
I have a big container of salt sitting at the back door, ready to go !
Rose

Pam in IL said...

I didn't know there was a tool to kill slugs. My gardening friend told me to spread food grade Diatomaceous Earth where I see slugs.

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