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Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:06:30 PM »
Figured this would be an interesting topic of discussion, because I love insects, but hate them inside my living space. Spiders I'll generally try to capture and release outside, but if they're super small and by the window, I'll leave them be, just like a fly.

However, there are two insects I've encountered since I moved into this apartment a couple years ago (ground level, 2 floors, only one neighbor, hooray). Cockroaches and house centipedes. Haven't seen a roach in well over a year, thankfully, but I kill them mercilessly on the spot. Zero tolerance for roaches in the home, no question about it. House centipedes, while beneficial and not dangerous to humans, are terrifying and move way too quickly. They look either like prehistoric monsters shrunk to miniature sizes, or very small Pokemon. Spiders? Flies? Generally okay, but if you're anything else, you played yourself. I came in the front door the other day, turned on the light, and a big ol' house centipede scurried out from the front closet and stopped right in front of me. Had a staring contest for a minute, then... buh-bye! GTFO.  :lol

Do you kill 'em 'cause the missus/hubby is too afraid? Do you let 'em out? Do you collect their corpses (that's so metal)? Who is your friend and who gets the shoe? Also, ants. Ants get killed every time.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 01:08:26 PM »
Kill everything except lady bugs.  They're the only things easy (and cute) enough to catch and release.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 01:08:39 PM »
If I see a spider, it is dead.  I will actively go out of my way to make sure I kill it. 

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 01:14:01 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z6bNYUK3dY

I have a whole series of videos like that so I think that sums up how I feel about House Centipedes which are really the only bugs I find in my house, and usually only in the basement.  I often just leave them be, but sometimes if I want to chill in the basement, it needs to go.  I can't have that near me if I am watching TV nor would I want to risk having a friend come down and see them cause it just gives an impression of a dirty place even thugh that has nothing to do with their presence.  They just look so nasty and also have a bad bite.  Either way, they aren't that bad to have around as they eat pretty much all the rest of the insects.

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2018, 01:23:36 PM »
If it's a daddy long legs spider, I'll leave it (most of the time).

Literally anything else, I'll kill the fucker indiscriminately. It's Australia, you never know what's gonna try to kill you later in your sleep.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2018, 01:24:52 PM »
I never kill them. I try to catch them to release them outside and leave them be otherwise.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2018, 01:31:08 PM »
Spiders and ants will die by my hands.  The cats get the rest on their own for nutrients.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2018, 01:37:18 PM »
Catch and release outside. Unless it's a cockroach....then they are dead. Spiders and all the other creepy crawlers for the most part won't infest your house. Cockroaches could.

Everyone in the neighborhood knows to call me if they have a snake on their property or in their garage/house. I'll capture them and release them out in the woods. Just did it three days ago where a pair of Black Snakes were mating in my neighbors garage. I F'n hate the fact people just outright kill snakes for no good reason. Unfortunately, people are so uneducated about them that every snake is either a 'copperhead' or 'Watter Moccasin'.....because.....King Snakes share a similar coloration to copperheads and black snakes are well...black...just like a water moccasin. (Blob is excluded for the reasons he stated....the bite from most snakes 'down under' will kill you in a matter of minutes  :lol)

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2018, 01:42:51 PM »
I would soil myself if I ever saw a snake in my home, but I live in Illinois...

cram - AUGH. Your videos are fascinating, in a horrific way. Screw house centipedes. God damn are they creepy. I know they're beneficial as far as eating other pests but nothing that moves that fast with that many legs lives if I can help it. Especially when I go months without seeing one, and then suddenly see a few adults. Had one run across my bare feet a few weeks ago and I about lost it. Can't even enjoy a sockless Saturday...

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2018, 01:43:48 PM »
Marc... Volume 3, shot #2 was fantastic!
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2018, 01:50:17 PM »
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2018, 01:52:31 PM »
Kill everything except lady bugs.  They're the only things easy (and cute) enough to catch and release.

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2018, 01:57:27 PM »
Kill everything except lady bugs.  They're the only things easy (and cute) enough to catch and release.

Pretty much this

Ditto, although I don't know that I've ever seen a ladybug in the house, so my basic answer is that, if you invade my home, you die.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2018, 01:57:41 PM »
Kill everything especially lady bugs.  They're the only things cute enough to truly enjoy the murder experience.

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I would soil myself if I ever saw a snake in my home, but I live in Illinois...

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2018, 01:58:42 PM »
INSIDE the home, they're generally dead unless they are both harmless and too hard to catch and kill.  I will hunt down and kill anything that is bad.  Black widows, obviously.  Flies, because they are disgusting.  Moths, because they eat clothes.  But if there is a harmless kind of spider on the high vaulted ceiling, I'm generally not going to bothered.  A few Teds (anyone know the reference?  I don't know what they are really called) get in, I'm leaving them alone because they're too hard to catch and completely harmless. 

Outside, if they aren't something that is likely to cause harm (black widows, wasps, and since someone mentioned snakes, rattlers) or likely to try to invade the home, they are entitled to live.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2018, 02:03:24 PM »
Living with my wife and my 7 year old daughter, I am tasked with killing anything and everything on sight.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2018, 02:08:02 PM »
cram - AUGH. Your videos are fascinating, in a horrific way. Screw house centipedes. God damn are they creepy. I know they're beneficial as far as eating other pests but nothing that moves that fast with that many legs lives if I can help it. Especially when I go months without seeing one, and then suddenly see a few adults. Had one run across my bare feet a few weeks ago and I about lost it. Can't even enjoy a sockless Saturday...

I need to get me a cat.

I take that as a compliment and also, my cat loves "playing" with the centipedes (that's in one of the videos as well  :lol) so a cat could really help your situation. 

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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2018, 02:13:39 PM »
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2018, 02:22:52 PM »
If they’re outside my house, fine, they live another day. As soon as they invade inside, they’re dead on sight. Except wasps nests. Fuck those guys. Under my eaves are magnets for them. Sprayed like eight to ten different, new nests a couple weeks ago. The less wasps near my house, the better. 

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2018, 02:31:57 PM »
Depends on the bug and depends on where its at. Anything in the bedroom has to die. Anything outside the bedroom, i'll think about it. There's been a shit ton of stink bugs recently. There were marked for death. Lady bugs get a pass always.
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2018, 02:48:39 PM »
Should also add that I have one of those outdoor light zapper things.  I don't know how effective they really are, but I really enjoy when I hear the buzz of something flying into the light.  I loved those as a kid that when I saw one in home depot a couple summers ago it became an impulse buy.

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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2018, 02:50:59 PM »
I am too lazy/have enough trouble taking care of myself to take care of an animal, but a cat would definitely be my pet. My parents have 4, and they're enough fun for me  :biggrin:

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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2018, 05:01:51 PM »
I'm in a lower level/basement (has three exterior doors) so I get my share of insects. I usually leave the house centipedes alone because they end up killing silverfish and the like. I usually only kill spiders if they're super large because I don't need those ending up in my bed.

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« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2018, 06:06:02 PM »
Kill list: wasps, mosquitoes, flies, cicadas (which I’m terrified of), ants, and centipedes

Spare list: spiders (I love spiders and actually have two tarantulas as pets), ladybugs, bees, and basically anything else that gets in
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2018, 07:04:11 PM »
Oh I forgot, do you folks get bad fruit flies? I have to set some gnarly traps once a year it seems.

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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2018, 08:38:50 PM »
As much as I'd like to be the better companion with my fellow creatures on this spaceship we call Earth, I'm not. They usually die.
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« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2018, 08:46:00 PM »
I don't like killing anything, but if it's in my home then it's a different story. Unless it's something harmless, I will kill it. I'll spend however long it takes to get rid of it as I have many times in the past  :lol

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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2018, 08:59:04 PM »
As much as I'd like to be the better companion with my fellow creatures on this spaceship we call Earth, I'm not. They usually die.

This is closest to me.   I set a "wall" around my house, foundation, and I live and let live for those things on out the outside, but from the wall in, it's war. 

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« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2018, 09:12:43 PM »
Only if they are disease vectors or actively damage things. Otherwise not.

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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2018, 06:30:56 AM »
I don't want anything in my house and for some reason I have a special hatred of flies.  I'll gas the whole family with bug spray to take down a fly.

But this reminded me of when I was a kid.  In the spring, me and my brother would catch fireflies and sneak them into my parents bedroom so that later that night when all was dark they would get a nice light show.  But if my kids did that to me i'd be pretty pissed.
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« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2018, 07:29:28 AM »
As much as I'd like to be the better companion with my fellow creatures on this spaceship we call Earth, I'm not. They usually die.

This is closest to me.   I set a "wall" around my house, foundation, and I live and let live for those things on out the outside, but from the wall in, it's war.

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« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2018, 07:34:52 AM »
If they’re outside my house, fine, they live another day. As soon as they invade inside, they’re dead on sight. Except wasps nests. Fuck those guys. Under my eaves are magnets for them. Sprayed like eight to ten different, new nests a couple weeks ago. The less wasps near my house, the better.

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« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2018, 12:33:32 PM »
Only if they are disease vectors or actively damage things. Otherwise not.

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Something to note about roaches since were on the topic of disease vectors; German Roaches in particular, are postively thigmotactic. Meaning that they like to have something touching all or most of their body surface area as much as possible, and at all times. So they typically cram themselves into extemely tight spaces, or in groups with other roaches. They like to forage at night too, for obvious reasons (less likely to be seen by a predator is a good one). And usually don't venture out into the light very often. When you see them out several at a time when there is light (natural or otherwise) in a room, you can bet it's usually because there are too many elsewhere for them to fit into. Something to think about.  :biggrin:
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Re: Insects in the home: do you kill them or not?
« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2018, 12:39:08 PM »
Only if they are disease vectors or actively damage things. Otherwise not.

This.

Something to note about roaches since were on the topic of disease vectors; German Roaches in particular, are postively thigmotactic. Meaning that they like to have something touching all or most of their body surface area as much as possible, and at all times. So they typically cram themselves into extemely tight spaces, or in groups with other roaches. They like to forage at night too, for obvious reasons (less likely to be seen by a predator is a good one). And usually don't venture out into the light very often. When you see them out several at a time when there is light (natural or otherwise) in a room, you can bet it's usually because there are too many elsewhere for them to fit into. Something to think about.  :biggrin:

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« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2018, 12:42:24 PM »
I don't want anything in my house and for some reason I have a special hatred of flies.  I'll gas the whole family with bug spray to take down a fly.

But this reminded me of when I was a kid.  In the spring, me and my brother would catch fireflies and sneak them into my parents bedroom so that later that night when all was dark they would get a nice light show.  But if my kids did that to me i'd be pretty pissed.

When I was a kid I'd go outside and try to hit as many fireflies as I could with a big wiffle ball bat. Looking back on it, that's pretty horrifying. I recall once hitting over 120 in an hour.
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