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The Slug-a-pult, How to get rid of those pesky slimy slugs (The fun way).

First, I know, it's actually a slug-canon. But slug-a-pult just sounds much cooler.

The Slug, every garden owners worst nightmare. (I know, snails are a bit of a pest as well, but I would like to focus on the slug today).
There are many ways to fight the slugs in your garden.
You can put a little salt on them (they will melt).
You can use slugpellets, but there is usualy poison in them. Not very nice for the animals that eat the poisoned slugs.
You can make a slug-kabab (or slug-on-a-stick), but I don't think many would like to see that on a grill.
You can pick them up and throw them in the neighbours garden (but your neighbour will probably throw them back the next day).
And so on....

There are many ways to get rid of a slug but non as satisfying as the use of the Slug-a-pult.
You can shoot the slug a fair distance, and prevent the neighbour from throwing your old slugs back in your garden.
It is also much more fun to shoot the slug, the only icky bit is that you will have to pick up the slug and either train it to crawl into the barrel or you will have to force it in  (the first option could be a little time consuming).
And to top it all off. I just like to think I give the slug a small chance to survive, and give it the ride of its life in the process. I'll bet that the slug will never have traveled this fast, this must be like warp speed in slug-land.


p.s. I noticed that some comments I made in the pictures don't seem to stay where I placed them but end up all over the place, so if that's a bit messy, don't blame me, I didn't shake my monitor that hard....

And before I forget, english is not my native language so there could be some mistakes here and there...
 
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This would be great at shooting snails as well. Great job!
OmeJozz (author)  prototype22133 years ago
Thank you, but wouldn't the snail's house be in the way? The slug has to make an airtight seal to be effective.
I tried to shoot a very smal slug one time and it shot about 2 meters. But i have to admit, the sound it made, had me laughing for the next half hour. That was the wettest fart i ever heard :o)
Yes, now that I give it some more thought, the shell probably wouldn't make a proper seal. Maybe some reusable plastic shells (to put the snail in) that come apart once out of the barrel?
OmeJozz (author)  prototype22133 years ago
Well, there is a solution for every problem...
We have a pear-tree in our garden and i think we will end up with well over 100Kilo's of pears (again). We like pears, but not that much. So we will have a healthy suply of perfectly shootable pears. I guess everybody has some fruit or vegy plant with some left-over's.
Use this as a plug behind the snail as a perfect seal. This way the snail even has an in flight meal.
the worlds first supersonic slug lol
OmeJozz (author)  dasimpson19813 years ago
Because slugs are very slow creatures, I expect to get the first sonic boom in a week or 2 ;o)
patito3 years ago
Nice idea!!! I was wondering if it would work with lighter gas... Did you tried it?
OmeJozz (author)  patito3 years ago
Thanks for your comment.
I haven't tried lightergas so far (I have 2 can's of startergas and my car just keeps starting on it's own so I have to empty them this way ;o)
But i think it should work. I guess that every flamable gas could be used, though not every gas has the same power. Some gasses burn faster than others so it might even be a better solution then the can's i have to empty.