Slugs are normally seen in the garden or anywhere outdoors, so finding one inside your dishwasher can be quite surprising and a bit annoying. So, who would have ever thought slugs could get in a dishwasher? Well, if you are reading this guide, you have probably figured out that they can. But don’t go stressing yourself out. As ugly as these little things are, you will not have much trouble with removing them from your dishwasher. In this guide, we will take a look at a few things you can do to remove slugs from your dishwasher without having to throw the entire dishwasher in the dump. Okay, that was a joke, but use these tips to get rid of the slugs.
Instead of using a dishwasher detergent in your dishwasher, fill your dishwasher with bleach. There’s no need to combine bleach and water because the bleach that you put in will instantly blend with the water that your dishwasher uses. Run your dishwasher with the bleach and do two cycles with this. The bleach will effectively kill any slugs as well as remove residue that’s left behind. Before using the dishwasher again, run it one more time and this time use your regular dishwasher detergent.
Using a Ammonia Solution
In a spray bottle, fill it up with water about 2/3 of the way. The remaining one-third should be filled with ammonia. Mix this solution until you see that the water is saturated with ammonia. Use this solution to spray on the slugs that are in your dishwasher. You should have good results with this treatment. Once the slugs are dead, remove them and use the bleach technique above to clean your dishwasher well.
Using the Beer Trap
I know this one will sound crazy, but it will work. Who would have ever though slugs like to drink every now and again? Get a shallow saucer and fill it with beer up to the brim. Carefully place this in the middle of your dishwasher and leave it at a time when you are less likely to be using the dishwasher. Slugs are highly attracted to yeast and fungi and they should try and make their way to the beer. Once they get to the saucer with beer, they will drown since its filled up to the brim. Try to set this trap overnight.
To be sure that you will keep slugs from coming back, keep monitoring your dishwasher for any signs of them. If they should ever come back, then just repeat the above. After using any of the tips above, I recommend using the bleach method after you use any of the methods. Using the bleach will kill any bacteria that is in your dishwasher.