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Bugs and Killing with Kindness

Well, I view life as precious. I absolutely refuse to run over a snake in the road, because I was not the source of its life. It is as much entitled to live as I am! But I do have my limits. I cannot allow total pests to live inside my house, or endanger my family in the yard immediately surrounding my living quarters.

So how do I eliminate pests within my house? Sadly, I find it necessary to kill them, for the most part. Oh, I do manage to save some. For instance, I often capture and release Crane flies. And sometimes, I am able to save even wasps or other bees, though I sometimes kill them if I am likely to be stung.

Now some "bugs" such as Ladybugs and stinkbugs, I find it impractical to save. So how do I kill them? Do I capture them and put them in the toilet? No, I do not. And why not? Because even though there is nothing wrong with killing them, I try to be as kind as I possibly can in doing so. I would not want to drown! Let your theoreticians CLAIM it isn't too bad a way to go. Inherently I know they are wrong!

The way I use is the quickest way. I QUICKLY squish them. A tiny fraction of a second, and they are gone. Do I sound a bit off in my perspective? Consider this: some use glue papers to capture snakes or other small critters. They then throw them in the trash. The living animals are allowed to die of thirst or starve. Do people who are willing to use these methods to get rid of pests sound better balanced than I am?

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MegL wrote on January 8, 2018, 5:13 PM

I try to kill as little as possible, including flies and wasps. But if they have to be killed, then make it quick. Squishing is the fastest way, least suffering.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 9, 2018, 10:28 PM

I am guilty of using glue traps and I regret the death of a few lizards that got caught in them. I feel bad about that and am quite uncomfortable about it.

VinceSummers wrote on January 10, 2018, 7:41 AM

I'd say I'm glad, but I don't mean I'm glad you feel bad. What I mean is I'm glad you probably won't do that anymore. I never was the kind of guy who enjoyed people feeling bad...

lookatdesktop wrote on January 10, 2018, 9:11 PM

I had a similar thing happen with a netting over the tomato plants, that unfortunately caught an unsuspecting lizard. I took that netting off and tossed it in a box and will never use that kind of bird net on my tomatoes, thus, all my tomatoes were eaten by the local squirrels. At least they enjoyed the benefit of organic tomatoes. I now realize it odd that they actually enjoy their veggies. LOL