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Im a vegetarian, and my house is getting infected with bugs, although it is "just a bug" you can also say things like its "just a cow"<br><br><br><br>
in other words, i dont like killing things, but how can i get them out of my house?
 

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I hear ya. My apartment is getting rough. My take on bugs is, summarily, this:<br><br><br><br>
If my apartment was swarming with cows, yes, I'd "step on" a cow if it crawled across my XBox, as a spider just did. If an appearance of a couple of chickens under my sink was likely to mean an influx of chickens throughout my apartment, as is the case with roaches, I would get some anti-chicken traps to mitigate the issue. Likewise, I would not consume spiders for their meat (whatever!) even if that appealled to my taste senses.<br><br><br><br>
Finally, although I have not studied the science of it and could be proven wrong, common sense tells me that the order of animal that contains spiders, flies, roaches, and so on are not sentient beings. I imagine that they have a nervous systems - at least some of them - but that is not the same as what I understand a sentient being to be, so I don't flinch when I kill such a thing.<br><br><br><br>
This doesn't help you figure out how to avoid killing bugs. I think it's a waste of time to try to do this. Are you Jainist? That is, as far as I know, the only belief system that prohibits such a thing. Is it just the "eww" factor? I have that, mostly because of the remains, so I capture and flush whenever possible. If I were to swat everything I saw crawling up my walls, I'd have to repaint my apartment after every spring.<br><br><br><br>
There are things you can do to reduce the number of bugs you have to kill, but I think that is the best you can realistically accomplish.
 

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theres this stuff on the market called cedarcide<br><br>
its like a bug repellent for your home/yard/etc<br><br>
you can spray it on your foundation, round windows and doors, and put it in cabinets, under sinks, and in closets<br><br>
it works pretty well i think<br><br><br><br>
it has one flaw and that is it stinks like cedar<br><br><br><br>
its safe for animals to the point you can use it as flea dips for you and your dog<br><br><br><br>
check it out<br><br><br><br>
ps, max powers... what happened to your sexy avatar?<br><br>
Caroline
 

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Here are some "Home Remedies" for pest control:<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/ento/mythconc.htm" target="_blank">http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/ento/mythconc.htm</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by scareyvegan</i><br><br><b>ps, max powers... what happened to your sexy avatar?</b></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> SEXY??!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
I changed it because I had the feeling that some were mildy bothered by it. Don't you think my new one is kinda hot, though? It's a cup with yellow gloves and no arms! What's not to love? It's Master Shake!!!
 

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the one that had MIA on the bottom was the best avatar<br><br>
but your last one came a close second<br><br><br><br>
the cup just doesnt compare<br><br><br><br>
i read somewhere that catnip repels roaches.... but its a lie... they eat it! and multiply!<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 

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At Petsmart I once saw this plastic thing that you used to trap the bug and release it outside safely without touching or harming it. I don't remember the brand or what it was called. If I see it there again I'm gonna buy one for myself and I'll post the info here.
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by scareyvegan</i><br><br><b>the one that had MIA on the bottom was the best avatar<br><br>
but your last one came a close second</b></div>
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I'm torn. The cup is going over well in some demographics...
 

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Yeah I don't mind a few bugs but if it's a lot I take action too.<br><br><br><br>
I'm more concerned about my own health and safety (i.e. the kind of method and chemical I use) than the bugs' life (they don't feel pain like we feel it and there are billions of identical clones of them around).<br><br><br><br>
I use <a href="http://www.orangeguard.com/" target="_blank">Orange Guard</a> which is made out of orange peels, so is safe to use even around food, etc. It really works against ants and other bugs. It keeps them away very effectively. Plus it smells like oranges <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Tangle Foot is also effective against bugs that arrive on their feet (not flying) but it's sticky so careful where you use it! (I use it for my gardens against the ant/aphid problem).
 

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preventions the key. keep your house clean. fill gaps. etc.<br><br><br><br>
but if all that fails then I'd follow Max Powers advice. Don't have a cow man -- step on it.
 

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I was just about to start a thread on this because I have a flying ant problem. I can deal with one or two of the blasted things, but it's one after the other, in two different spots in my apartment (including right next to my bed). I can't exactly where they're coming from but I have a general idea. I don't want my place to smell like Raid, though. *makes a note to look for Cedarcide today*
 
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