While I know we need rain, it's been quite gloomy for several days and it's starting to get to me. While out on my back patio, I noticed something I've never seen since I moved to North Dakota.

Granted, I might have not been very observant over the years, but I certainly can't miss them now.

They're slimy. They're squishy. They can get up to two inches long. Any guesses?

Have You Noticed This?

Slugs. Am I being personally attacked, or is there a slug invasion? I noticed them sliming their way across my patio and up my fence, and it's not just a couple, there are dozen of little baby ones.

It Occurred To Me

After seeing this, it occurred to me that I have no idea what the purpose of a slug is. What is their purpose? I had to know.

I looked it up, and according to the University of Minnesota Extension, slugs are essentially snails without shells.

Are They Harmful?

I'm fairly certain slugs can't harm YOU, but can they be harmful to your yard?

The source says some are damaging to your garden. They eat weak plants, ripening fruits, vegetables, and seedlings.

Others are decomposers. Decomposers are an important part of the ecosystem. They eat dead worms and decaying leaves.

It just depends on the particular species, which if I'm being perfectly honest, I'm not interested in getting close enough to figure that out.

That's All

Now you and I know way more about slugs than we probably ever need to.

Keep you salt handy, and thanks for reading!

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