Recently we've found bed bugs in my place, harmless except for the red spots of irritation on hands and arms after they've vampired you at night. But there is a way to kill them without chemicals, it's micro-organisms that eat bugs, that's how these micro's survive, so I didn't feel bad getting rid of these nuisances in a completely natural way. Of course you can't eat the micro-organisms either or you'll get sick for a few hours but that's easy, you just don't lick the floor! LOL
I don't feel too bad about killing most insects because I know they don't feel pain the same way we do (you could say "at all" but there is the chance of some sort of emotional stress/pain). But there are some insects, like some types of moths or black ants, that I like to watch, and would feel bad killing.
I hate wasps with all the dark side of my heart and have no problem frying them to death with the bug zapper thing that looks like a tennis racquet. I usually catch spiders with a glass and have someone throw them outside (because I'm scared of them), but if there are no glasses handy, or the spider is in front of the glass cabinet, then I throw shoes at it until it's dead or crippled, the slap it a few more times with the shoe for good measure...
If I see a woodlouse or silverfish in the house, I generally just let them be. I don't even bother catching them and throwing them out.
Yup...i do. Even those roaches i hate (like, really hate). I never feel any kind of pleasure taking a life away. (But i must admit that smashing mosquitos does not give that TAHT much remorse...especially if they had drained my blood already)
I do feel bad for killing bugs, because unlike people, they really do 'know not what they do'. And yet, in another way, I don't feel bad, because when I do kill them I do it as fast as possible (the same way I would kill another human being).
I voted 'depends, but usually yes' because the guilt normally wins. Luckily, I live in England, where there are few bugs, especially during the winter (where there might be just the occasional spider). In summer, there are quite a few flies, but they don't bother me very much, as long as I'm able to chase them back outside again.
I usually leave small spiders alone since they sometimes trap flies and things which is immensely useful, although if their the larger hairier type (ie, anything bigger than my thumbnail) then I spray them immediately. Everything else that wanders into my house/room gets sprayed regardless. I highly doubt butterflies fly in my home, but if they do I would shoo them out.
Everything in life is trying to exist. Inevitably one life form will interact with another. It is how we perceive these encounters and the actions in which we take which defines us. I personally do not kill anything unless it is a direct substantial threat to my own survival, and the ones I love. If something threatens my survival and there is no other recourse other than violence, then I will kill without hesitation. This goes for all life forms I encounter, no matter how big or small. All life is significant, and all life is merely just trying to survive. So I choose not to kill simply because another life form has become a nuisance, I only kill out of necessity.
i dont care, i hate bugs, i hate them so much and well i know it seems like really odd, but if its a spider (im aracnophobic) i tend to left the dead body on the wall for sometimes, then if another spider comes in she/he knows that's a bad place to stand. MuaHahaHahaaHha!!
ExilliorFeatured By OwnerMar 26, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Darling Thiefo, if you voted Yes, you should simply come to Mauritius and witness me stepping outside of my house on a summer evening. You will never feel bad for killing a mosquito again! (Not that you could kill the ones on me - well, you could, but it'd ruin my clothes with the blood and the black bodies - they land on me in clouds. -__- )
I feel bad for killing ants, that, yes. (I once killed one and put it under the microscope because I thought it'd be more interesting than looking at onions. Big mistake. It was squirming in the most... horrifying way. Yet if you looked at it with the naked eye it looked perfectly dead.)
Anyway. If it's something harmless, I don't see the point in killing it if I can remove it. If it's something I can't remove and can't deal with, then too bad, it shouldn't have come into my house. If it's something harmful, then definitely I'm killing it (oh, the tics I removed from my dogs). If it's something walking out there in the wild, I wouldn't kill it if I had a choice, because that's where it should be living anyway.
You get FLYING cockroaches!? The ones over here in Australia tend to hide and like to rustle behind things (more like clicking or something) and it scares me senseless especially at night. I end up getting the bug spray and spraying a border around me to ensure that if any bug decides to come near me it will get a whiff of spray and (hopefully) not annoy me again. Imagine flying cockroaches D: That would mean I have to watch the air as well as the floor! I hate roaches!
ExilliorFeatured By OwnerMar 27, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at wikipedia, I think what we have is either the American cockroach, or the brown cockroach, or the smokybrown cockroach. We may actually have a couple of species. God knows how they found their way to a small island in the Indian Ocean.
Flying cockroaches are quite disgusting because they seem fond of flying towards things, rather than just flying for the heck of it or flying to escape. This means that they may decide to fly for your face. Or for your pillow while your head is on it. And there are few sounds as horrifying as that rrrrrrr-plock in the dark of the night that signals a cockroach whirring in the air and landing somewhere.
Also, they tend to be quite big bastards. Most of our cockroaches are about 5cm big at least.
That said, I'd rather be in Mauritius than in Australia, because you guys have some wacking big spiders.
That frightens me so much to hear that they fly around randomly. I don't think I could ever visit Mauritius without first wearing a biohazard suit or something similar. Not sure what types of roaches we get, and I don't particularly want to check on Wiki because of pictures but they look like the regular ones I guess. If you've ever played The Sims and had a filthy house I guess that's the closest description I can give you. Roaches generally don't make appearances in visual media
We do get some huge spiders, some of the larger ones are about the size of a teens palm but I haven't seen any in a while, probably due to living in the city. Daddy Longlegs are everywhere though, I don't think I've ever been to a house without one. The most horrible thing about our spiders though, is they're both deadly AND small! Worst combination ever! I almost crapped my pants when I saw a red-back (I think it was anyway, I ended up smashing it with my shoe and left my shoe there for somebody else to clean up >.>)
ExilliorFeatured By OwnerMar 27, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
We don't usually have a lot of cockroaches in houses - they come in if the place is really dirty and if you leave food outside - and of course, if you leave windows and doors wide open at night with the light on. I've lived there eighteen years plus, so I have seen a lot of cockroaches - but somebody visiting shouldn't get to see a lot.
There's something called an Australian cockroach on wikipedia - I assumed that's what you have in Australia.
A teen's palm? That's small. I get spiders the size of my palm (and I have huge palms for a girl) in my room in the UK (in a city). My housemates think I do something to spiders to make them grow in size, because although they're British they've never seen spiders that size before. Why me.
And lolol I always leave my shoe (and the body) there for somebody else to clean up. >_>