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How you feel about killing insects...I am asking because I struggle with this...If there is a roach in my home(I live in the south) I am going to kill it. I keep out roach poisin things too...So, how do you deal with insects?
 

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I am more conscious since we had a thread here a while back on 'do you kill bugs'...I try and save them whenever I can and release them outside. I have an irrational fear, however, so if I think they are going to 'get me' then I will resort to killing them. But I kill less and less...I'm getting better at catching them.
 

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I also try to save most insects and let them outside, especially spiders and moths. But I guess it depends what kind of insects I'm dealing with. Flies and ants are two examples of insects that can't really be caught/picked up and released outside, unless you want to spend hours trying to catch one fly or picking up a long trail of ants. ...Roaches on the other hand, I would never be able to squash.
 

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If I had roaches, I'm not sure what I'd do. In my one dorm, if I saw one (we had these big black ones) I would scoop it between a cup and a peice of paper and throw it out the window. But if I had a lot, I'd have to do something.

The first thing you can do is keep a cleaner house and clog paths of entry, but with some insects, they can come in too many places. With ants, I notice they come in for a couple of weeks in the late spring and then stop, so I wait them out.

I get moths, and what I do is yell, "BUGGIE!" and the cats come running and usually kill it. Normally I wouldn't kill them myself, maybe I'm being a hypocrite by letting the cats kill it, it's more for the cats than for myself.
 

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I also almost always catch and release, unless, as Karen said, I freak out.

Once when I was living in Montréal, we had an infestation of ants, and didn't know what to do BUT poison. They ate the stuff, and shortly after, I got down on my hands and knees to look at them, and they were so clearly suffering, and writhing around in agony. It upset me so much, it actually made me cry. I read after that the poison works by slowly paralyzing them, so they just die from lack of nourishment, or by getting squished when you sweep the bodies up.

I've not used poison since.
 

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How you feel about killing insects...I am asking because I struggle with this...If there is a roach in my home(I live in the south) I am going to kill it. I keep out roach poisin things too...So, how do you deal with insects?
I feel bad about killing "pests" They don't know they are not suppose to be in the house. But somtimes it becomes a danger, such as we had wild mice who became freinds with my pet bird. Now who knows what kinds of things those mice can give to make my bird ill. As much as I hated it we had to put out traps, live traps at first but those didnt work, the cat caught a few(i saved 3 before she killed them and put them outside) we put out normal traps and caught a mouse, it didnt die it was just caught by the tale(its tale ended up a little shorter but it was okay) we caught that one mouse and no more. The cat killed 2. I also caught one all by myself and put it outside. now we have no mouse problem and only two had to die.

With suger ants are poisoned, its the only way to get rid of them and yeah i feel bad. Other insects such as spiders and such are gently put outside.
 

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Most insects I just put outside. Like moths, ants, bees, hornets, wasps, spiders, etc. That is if I can catch them.

Although I do kill wasps, hornets and the like. I try to leave them alone, but there are a lot around here and they tend to build nests under the eves here and in my shed.


I swell up pretty bad. I usually get stung every year, but I try to tough it out. That is until there's too many in my back yard and they start buzzing me and attacking me. Then I get the spray.


I have also had spider mites on my house plants which I used a soapy solution to spray on the plants to kill the spider mites. So I do try to eliminate house plant insect parasites.

If I can avoid killing insects, I do.
 

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I avoid killing them if I can. We have a lot of bees, wasps, and pantry moths at home, though, and my parents kill them. I suppose I'd do the same if it was my own home and there was no one else to do it. Whenever I find a moth or maggot in the kitchen I dump it outside, even though I know it will only live a few days anyway (probably much less than that, since I dump it with the food it was living in and that makes the chickens come running).

I can't deal with the big insects. We used to get centipedes in the house and that was the worst. I wouldn't kill them, but I couldn't bring myself to get near them either, so I'd leave the room and spend the next couple days living with the knowledge that there was a freaking huge bug crawling under the floorboards...
 

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I too no longer kill bugs, well most of them. I saved a moth the other day that was drowning in my toilet. Hubby thought I was quite mad, but it's still alive
Ants can be deterred, shake baby powder in their path so they lose where they are going and they'll generally turn around and head back outside
Sometimes it does kill one or 2 thought if you get a bit over excited with the powder. When they're gone just wash down the wall/floor/bench properly so they can't find their trail again.

As for cockroaches, we have infestations and I think they're gross so I tend to put baits around and spray them. Flies are the same although I try to head them outside if possible.

Spiders I put outside unless it's a really awful one like a redback or worse a whitetail, we get infestations of those too and with kids in the house I don't want them coming back in so they get killed. I know it's not their fault they're a white tail but I find it hard to have sympathy for something that does such awful things. I give them a quick bang as opposed to spraying though so at least they go quickly.
 

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I was very nasty to bugs when I was younger, and I look back on those days with much shame. However, now I try to put them outside, and certainly don't gratuitously kill them. I also stop and pick up a snail if he's in the middle of the pavement and likely to be crushed. I place him a bush or grass. I feel guilty I don't do the same for worms though.
 
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