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Slugs feed off reader letter sent to the News
9:30am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
SLUGS and snails appear to be making a meal out of letters and packages in postboxes.
A tatty reader letter sent to the News was delivered in a plastic bag with a note apologising for the damage and delay this week.
It is not known where the letter was posted and how long it was delayed.
The molluscs, which breed rapidly in damp conditions, are partial to the glue on envelopes and stamps, meaning some deliveries are arriving half-eaten.
The note with the letter read: “I am sorry that the letter has been damaged and subsequently delayed.
“This item was found during a scheduled collection from a posting box and has been eaten by snails.
“Unfortunately, despite regular cleaning and placing pellets in the boxes we find snails and slugs still occasionally manage to creep into the apertures, fall down in the box, and start eating the glue/adhesive on stamps and envelopes.
“I’m very sorry for any inconvenience caused by this unusual ‘tampering’, and while I’m able to forward on the letter, albeit in a damaged condition, I reg-ret the understandable ann-oyance caused.”
The wet summer of 2009 saw a spike in the number of snail-eaten packages, causing national headlines.
It is thought the dye from stamps attracts their taste buds, causing them to take shelter in post boxes.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We do all we can to protect the mail and ensure that it’s delivered to its intended recipient in good condition.
“Unfortunately, there’s the odd occasion when snails manage to get into the postbox and cause damage to the contents.
“Wall-mounted postboxes provide good homes for snails, but when we identify the problem we can install brushes in the aperture which deter them.”
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