You and the killing of insects

What we saying? Obviously only utter bastards kill bees, but how do you feel about wasps? horse-flies? mosquitos?

How does it reconcile with your overall thoughts on for instance vegetarianism/veganism? Do you view it the same as the killing of an animal? If not why not?

Anyone fucking LOVE insects? Even flies?

Big into this chat.

Best insect is of course the ant

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I only kill mosquitoes and flies. Everything else gets evicted.

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Hate em but I try not to kill them. Flies are fuckers though. You can’t get them to leave or anything.

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Only kill mosquitoes. I feel this is entirely congruous with my vegetarianism, as I also do not eat the mosquitoes.

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Spiders and spider-adjacent creatures get a free ride.
Bees and flies get (respectfully) shooed out the window.

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set the cat on them (circle of life: fine) or usher them out

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Kill mosquitos on sight

Shoo wasps away unless it’s late in the year and they’re all dozy and more prone to sting

Try and get house flies out the window but no real hang-ups about swatting them

Everything else is cool, don’t really get anything else here, but keep standing on snails by accident :pensive:

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I know spiders aren’t technically insects but I find them every bit as creepy as insects at a base level so include them in my comments above

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Mosquitos only

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Shoo everything out of the window/door where possible, although I have less patience with clothes moths and mosquitoes.

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Never anything for spiders to eat up here either, always finding the silly billies starved and desiccated.

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reverse engineering that, you’d not eat a cow but you’d be down fighting one to the death?

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Normally don’t like to kill anything, last summer though i was being tortured by flies at night in my room, I could hear them buzzing at all hours and they’d get all up in my face too. I tried peaceful methods of removing them but it didn’t work and one day i lost it, folded a paper bag into a weapon and killed them all. Think there were about 20?? I don’t even know how they got in and why there were so many, never have had more than 1 or 2 since which are easy to shoo. Big fan of the cup and paper method for removing spiders, but don’t mind a cellar spider or two in the room, my current roommate disappears for a couple of days then comes back and its nice, like aw you’re back again

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Wife is utterly terrified of wasps so I tend to kill them as quickly as possible.

I’ll kill flies if they’re bugging me, generally don’t give a shit about them though.

Everything else gets ushered outside. There’s a sense of accomplishment about getting them outdoors safely.

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I’m not quick enough to kill flies but I would if I could. Horrible creatures that cause disproportionate misery. I have gone a long way to overcoming my arachnophobia and no longer kill spiders as a first course of action - some I can live with and others I’ll move outside (might kill them indirectly but, eh, I’ve given them a chance). Don’t think I’ve killed one in over a year :hushed:

Would kill e.g. ants or wasps if the the most appropriate way to deal with an problematic infestation - had a horrific ant situation in the garden at my last house.

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I try not to kill anything.

Wouldn’t dare kill a wasp because I fear if I tried they’d sting me, and if I succeeded more would come back in a swarm and attack me.

Spiders I never ever kill, either let them be to chill in the flat or if they have bad vibes then I’ll pop them out of the window.

I love Daddy long legs, they’re always welcome to stay.

Get ladybirds in my bedroom sometimes, again. Stay. Enjoy yourself.

Flies I hate, but I won’t kill them even though they irk me and the cat.

Are cheeselogs an insect? Must be, they’ve got loads of legs. Yeah they can stay, kept one as a pet once.

Oh actually the exception to the rule is fruit flies. Will happily leave our homemade traps and watch them suffer and drown. GOOD.

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Way ahead of you

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They’re crustaceans!

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i knew someone would bring this up. WOOD. LOUSE.

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Won’t kill ladybirds, butterflies or bees. Don’t care about killing flies, spiders, mosquitos, moths that won’t go outside etc. Only worry about killing wasps because they release pheromones which attract more wasps but I’d take great joy in killing then otherwise. I don’t value their lives at all. (Unsurprisingly I am not a vegetarian)

Saw a spider wrap a wasp in its web on Saturday and watched it slowly die which was quite interesting

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