Late-night visitor ringing woman's doorbell turns out to be a SLUG

Creepy-crawly caller: Late-night visitor ringing woman’s doorbell turns out to be a SLUG

  • Full-time mum Lianne Jennings, 35, kept receiving notifications on October 6
  • Ring doorbell detected unusual activity outside her home in Brentwood, Essex
  • When she checked the footage there was a slug sliding over the camera

This is the moment a woman discovered the late-night caller ringing her doorbell camera was a slug.

Full-time mum Lianne Jennings, 35, was in bed when she kept receiving notifications from her Ring doorbell about unusual activity outside her home in Brentwood, Essex.

But when she checked the footage on October 6 there was no one in sight – just a slug sliding over the doorbell’s camera.

This is the surprising moment a woman discovered the late-night caller ringing her doorbell camera in Brentwood, Essex, was a slug

The camera captured the slug slowly emerging into the frame from the bottom left corner, its antennas leading the way across the lens.

The night vision setting on the Ring doorbell makes the slug look like it is glowing – leading Lianne’s friends to joke that it was an alien.

Lianne said: ‘I’m assuming it’s a slug but it looks very, very weird – especially when the luminous thing lights up around his stomach.

‘I was in bed and got notified that something at my front door was making motion.

‘I was a bit freaked out first and then when I played it back, I started laughing!

‘I put the video on my social media and everybody was messaging me to say that they found it all quite funny!

Slugs are gastropods; single-shelled, soft-bodied animals in the mollusc group of animals (stock image)


Full-time mum Lianne Jennings, 35, was in bed when she kept receiving notifications from her Ring doorbell about unusual activity outside her home on October 6

‘When I took my daughter Gracie to school yesterday morning, I did have a look to see if there was a trail but there wasn’t anything there.’   

Lianne said: ‘When I showed my friends, they were a bit freaked out – they gave me the kind of look like they thought there was a ghost or an alien or something.

‘That made me laugh because I don’t believe in aliens, but considering I saw two little antennas pop up, it was either a very green man from space or a slug crawling on my doorbell.

‘I’ve had the doorbell for about a year now and my daughter found it very funny – she was a bit freaked out when she watched it this morning, she said it looks like an alien slug.’

In the unusual clip, the slug can be seen slowly emerging into shot of the camera from the bottom left corner, its antennas leading the way across the lens

The night vision setting on the Ring doorbell makes the slug look like its glowing – leading Lianne’s friends to believe it could be an alien

What are slugs?

Slugs are gastropods; single-shelled, soft-bodied animals in the mollusc group of animals. 

Slugs can use their rasping tongues to make holes in leaves, stems, buds, flowers, roots, corms, bulbs and tubers of many plants. 

There are many control options available for slugs and snail but despite this they remain a persistent pest.  

Most slugs feed at night, and the slime trails, if present, can alert you to the level of activity. Damage is usually most severe during warm humid periods.

Slugs eat a wide range of vegetables and ornamental plants, especially seedlings and other soft growth. 

Hostas, delphiniums, dahlias, gerberas, sweet peas and tulips are regularly attacked by slugs, and it can be difficult to grow these plants if you have a big slug problem. 

In the vegetable garden peas, beans, lettuce, celery and potato tubers are often damaged.

Many larger slugs primarily feed on decomposing organic matter such as dead leaves dung and even dead slugs.

In the compost heap they can be a valuable part of the composting process.

Source: Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

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