Why do YOU kill insects?

Kyle (@kylerbbrowning) 8 years, 1 month ago

I’m curious, what makes you want to actually kill that bug?

Yes its scary etc etc, but why rip the entire pure soul from its small little body? I’m curious :)

October 23, 2013 at 1:00 am
Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@flyingrhino, but they will never get another chance to go be insects outside once you squash them :( think of the baby bugs at home that will be orphaned. lol

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DoThatThing4 (21) (@thatguy46and2) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, I vacuum spiders on the regular. My room is the basement and I get quite a few down there. I’ve been known to pause a game of Starcraft for a spider emergency. Also, earlier this summer I was bitten by a spider on the shoulder close to my armpit and the drainage ran down the inside of my arm. That spooked me a little, so I’m willing to take the “Them or me” attitude.

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Samuel (28) (@iamdrugs) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Ah! Gross! Yucky yucky! I so scared stop being scary buggy!

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Ben (62) (@Mallorn) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@peacelove, if you’re being serious, insects don’t have the ability to think, so they do what they’re programmed to do. Things like smells and light and other physical disturbances, cause the insects to act. they don’t think! they don’t comprehend…. lol. they adapt to the world around them to survive, just like humans and every other living thing does. if insects did know they were annoying you, surely they’d be like “sorry dude” and go back outside.

I don’t believe in any magical souls, but the more you embrace your fear and let it pass over you, the way you relate to dogs and dolphins can become the way you relate to insects. Watching them move, clean themselves, watching their eyes, is like looking into a mirror. even if they can’t think, they’re alive. they react. So I only try to kill mosquitos, a hive if it’s threatening me, poisonous spiders, etc.

killing these things for fun shows a fundamental lack of understanding. Like killing a bird for “fun”. Children do this, but then they learn empathy.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Just thought of this thread again while I was on my walk. I picked up a fallen wasp from the sidewalk, I thought it was dead but when I touched it it moved. I picked him up with leaves and put the leaf with him on it in the grass, and put another leaf on top of him for warmth. Unfortunately though, I don’t think he will make it, he didn’t look to be in good shape to begin with and it is about 20 degrees colder than usual around here for the time of season. Hopefully the leaf on top of him will give him a chance.

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Ben (62) (@Mallorn) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@theskafish, I saved a huge-ass dragonfly in the same way, picked it out of the water and put it on the ground, thought it dead, and it took off! Not as nice as saving a bird, but…….it’s still a living thing

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Faithflower (27) (@peacelove) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@mallorn, yeah i understand, but WHY do they do that, WHY are they programmed that way that it annoys me and WHY can we not just talk to them like “hey your sitting in my relax zone, can you just leave now already”, you know when some insect is buzzing all the time and you watch a movie or something, and they make this noise and constantly bump into the screen because it gives of light, its really like “yo fly, what are you doin here? why are u not outside with your friends?” i wish i could just talk to them and then tell them to leave unless they have some message for me or something..some people believe butterflies bring messages..

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

I kill cockroaches on sight if I spot them in the house. If a fly is being a annoying, it’s time for the swatter.

I don’t really think much of insects until they become a nuisance.

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Kyle (27) (@kylerbbrowning) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@theskafish, The real test is, not killing mosquitoes..


@peacelove
, Personally i realized it was just myself i was getting annoyed with, and projecting it onto the insect…because how is the simple movement of a small thing moving from one side of my eye site zone, to the other side, irritating? I asked myself this, and realized…absolutely nothing is annoying about it.

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Ghostlight (38) (@imtheghostlight) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, I usually avoid it, I’ll let flies and moths out of my house gently that are banging their heads against the window. They normally only bother you as much as you let them. If you decide they don’t bother you, they wont. :)

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Christian (7) (@buchrasa) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

So what will you do if you get scabies or lice? You’d probably have to kill then.

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Seasoning (38) (@seasoning) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

I view bugs as disgusting and scary little creatures(something I need to work on). Even with that being said, I cannot bring myself to kill one. Where is my right in claiming another life? I have no superiority. Also, they are just as deserving of their life as we all are.

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millie (7) (@twowoodenbirds) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

who am i to decide that insect should die? if a bug is in my house and bothering me in some way (which is rare because i dont mind them being around) I will simply pick it up and put it back outside. wouldn’t kill a dog/cat if they wondered into my house, so why a bug

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Bono (18) (@bono95zg) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

i only kill mosquito and flies

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Adam (118) (@moonglade) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

They’re annoying. I feel like that’s reason enough.

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onelovechange (440) (@jakefloria) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, It’s not a big deal. We are the apex predator. We can kill and we do. It’s important not to kill excessively and more than you need to. Bugs can transfer diseases or germs or can bite/sting you so it’s just natural that we eliminate it before it gets at us. I don’t enjoy killing anything but I see it as a natural part of life. The lion feels no remorse after killing a gazelle, even if it didn’t finish it. It’s part of the circle of life. There are enough bugs in the planet for it to be ok.

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Joseph (114) (@warriors41) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Insects and bugs may contain poison and therefore it often wise to kill them before it kills you.
That is evolution and that is why I and others may kill bugs. However for most bugs that I encounter: black beetles, sow bugs, ladybugs, spiders, centipedes and such, I know they are not very harmful therefore, If I can, I will capture it and release it outside. This will get it back into its natural environment where it may have a better life than dying in my house. If I can’t capture it I kill it to prevent it making babies or making webs. Or my cat eats them.
Mosquitoes are parasites so I try to kill them.

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t-rav (25) (@travis) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

I used to kill them because I was young, testing the world, am human. Now I only kill bugs when they are leaching my blood or just the foulest of pest like roaches.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, “The real test is, not killing mosquitoes..”

Indeed. I do not enjoy killing them, but nevertheless, they will continue to bite me if I don’t. With them, I see it more as them initiating a conflict by trying to bite me. If I just see an insect or arachnid in my home or outside, and it isn’t a poisonous one, then I don’t have a problem with it.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, I don’t go out of my way to kill bugs, but I do believe that when you kill one, say in your bed room, others some how sense that one of their own has been killed in he area, and so they know it is a dangerous area and will avoid coming into your room. In essence; killing one may protect a number of others.

The reason I do not like bugs in my room to begin with is because to suddenly be touched by something in the dark inspires primal reflexes, and that is not what I consider an enjoyable sensation.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Its a choice, just like with anything else. Most people aren’t conscious of this choice and, without question, kill out of fear and lack of understanding. The more conscious you become of life, the harder it is to kill.

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Kyle (27) (@kylerbbrowning) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

How do you know the lion feels no remorse after killing a gazelle… @jakefloria,

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Guywho_is (19) (@Guywhois) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

I refuse to kill insects. With the exception of roaches and mosquiotos because they serve no purpose to anything

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onelovechange (440) (@jakefloria) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, it’s the natural order of things. circle of life, all that. as part of survival of the fittest, the top predators need to kill. carnivores need to kill to survive. Besides, animals live in the present unlike us so they wouldn’t feel emotions like we do. it wouldn’t be thinking about what it did in the past. it killed it and then eats it. for animals to feel guilt or regret or remorse, they’d have to have selective memory. but this is all theoretical. they could feel remorse or have memories, for all i know. I was just making a point. Do you think a whale feels bad after swallowing thousands of krill? I don’t have a problem with killing bugs, i just have a problem with killing them unnecessarily or excessively

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@kylerbbrowning, Remorse, aka guilt, requires the ability for recognising past and future, humans are the only ones that display a conceptual understanding of time, although they have done some experiments with primates with varying results, they have not been conclusive.

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