Giant slugs are invading Dundalk footpaths and causing havoc

Martin Grant

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Martin Grant

The slugs are causing walkers, joggers and runners grief as they attempt to avoid killing the slimy creatures while out exercising

The slugs are causing walkers, joggers and runners grief as they attempt to avoid killing the slimy creatures while out exercising

Paul Cumiskey, a runner, told the Dundalk Democrat this week that the slugs are “giant creatures” and there is a “sea” of them.

“I was running on the footpath near the Retail Park and the entrance to Bay Estate during the week and next of all I see all these slugs, they seemed to be coming from the bushes, there was so many of them. These weren’t like normal slugs that I have ever seen before, a lot of them were quite big. I obviously didn’t want to step on them and kill them so I was tip-toeing around them.

Because there was so many of them, it was a sea of slugs, I decided to cross over to the other side of the road. The first thing I noticed was that there was slugs here as well and so many of them. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

Meanwhile, environmentalist and Green Party Councillor Mark Dearey said that he has come across “four inch slugs” and urged people not to kill the slimey invertebrates.

“Slugs are part of the food chain, they have valuable to the chain. We learn to live with them”, he said, “It’s been a very wet summer and slugs are only active in the warm weather, so that’s the reason why they are out. They can be quiet big, I’ve come across 4 inch slugs before. Everybody is complaining about the slugs.

I would encourage people not to kill them. If they are pests in your garden then use organic ways to get rid of them”.

Last year Denis Dolan, a local man, developed an innovative product which uses ground waste from coffee machines to produce a slug repellent.