I hear ya. My apartment is getting rough. My take on bugs is, summarily, this:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
Yeah I don't mind a few bugs but if it's a lot I take action too.
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).
I use Orange Guard 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
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).
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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