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#1 Old 11-22-2017, 07:21 PM
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Thoughts on killing bugs

I try my best not to kill insects and other creepy crawlies. In actuality, I find them to be great and absolutely fascinating. However, since I live in Australia, there are a lot of dangerous spiders lurking about. I don't know what to do when I encounter one that can cause harm. On the one hand, I have no right to kill them, especially when they haven't done anything, but on the other, I don't want them to bite my cat, or any of my family members. There was a white tail spider on the ceiling of my bedroom, and I couldn't reach so I got my dad to do it. He flushed it down the toilet, and man, I felt guilty about it. Sometimes, I feel really silly about it. What do you guys think?
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#2 Old 11-23-2017, 05:44 AM
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First off, I've never lived where I needed to worry about anything poisonous! I would think I would treat them as anyone that threatened my health or the health of others, so yes, I would do everything to repel them from entering my home, removing or yes killing them

Here I just use peppermint spray and seal as much of the entrances as possible
I did have a very short lived episode with bed bugs. Placed something in a garage sale on my bed, next couple nights my cats pointed them out and I hired an exterminator. I know that's a different scenario, but in cases where they would breed in the home get it over as soon as possible!

Are there repellents you use?

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I use sage to repel bugs. It seems to work pretty well, as I'm currently living in a basement apartment and since I started sprinkling the sage around, I haven't seen any.

Mostly I don't bother the spiders and they don't bother me. But if I saw a spider I KNEW was dangerous to me or my cat, I would take immediate action and not be dainty about it, removing it from my environment. If I could not do so safely, I would kill it, as a last resort. That would be a violation of my personal beliefs, but I am not yet perfect.

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#4 Old 12-18-2017, 03:55 PM
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Most I can generally live with but if I can't, I catch them and they go outdoors. Fruit flies get lured into a trap first, and then released outside. The only times I go on a bug killing spree is when they threaten my dogs, and that means:

1. Fleas. They just have to be killed dead dead dead. Dead. If I ever see one on my babies, I will hunt it and kill it dead.

2. Ants. If it's extremely hot out they'll find their way inside looking for the dogs' food bowls...and that's rude. So they must be eradicated. Unfortunately it's too hard to catch and release hundreds of ants, so they get sprayed with this orange oil stuff that seems to work fine.

Wasps sometimes build nests on our front porch, but they're great garden helpers and they keep door-to-door salespeople away. I've never had one even land on me.
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No! it's not good they end in water 'as their particles may be origins of other insects. So we have to kill them as they are very dangerous for our health and Vegans do need hygienic prevention even more than vegetarians. If you are a collector you may spray them so we'll laugh watching new versions of Nightmare before Christmas .. sometimes ;-) In Italy we use geranium to keep them off; my cats didn't eat them, only the smell keep them actually away :-) Here in Cph I think rosengeranium is quite effective; or other very spiced herbs like rosmarin or thyme may also be useful. But you shouldn't let insects get contact with you as they may enter in your body, somehow survive and develop malformations. Good luck and if u use more than one herb, start little by little cleaning the ambient and make sure there are none visible left
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