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02 February 2008 @ 10:06 pm
Bugs  
Poll #1132207 Jain Bugs

You find an unwanted bug in your home.

You kill it.
6(15.4%)
You ignore it.
4(10.3%)
You reason with it verbally.
4(10.3%)
You transport it safely to an outside environ.
14(35.9%)
You make someone else kill it.
1(2.6%)
You do something else you'll explain in comments.
10(25.6%)
 
 
 
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
I always make a point to try and usher them outside. If they're particularly hostile about that and try to dive bomb into my eyes (bloody crane flies), they tend to get inadvertantly smushed via immediate self defense response. All others get a fair chance at taking the Tara Taxi out onto the patio, spiders included.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
This makes me happy :)
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marc17marc17 on February 3rd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Bugs, I take outside.

Spiders, first I freeze with fear. Then I slowly back away and find something hard, then pound it flat, and finally throw away whatever it was on when I did that.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
Oh man, I just cackled mightily. That was a very endearing self-incriminating anecdote, Sir! :>
Stray Catocicat on February 3rd, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Depends on how "unwanted" - most bugs I don't mind. Spiders are pretty much actively wanted. So, I answered ignore.

Mosquitoes, however, die. Die die die. Fleas would die if we had any, but we use treatments on the kitties so we don't. Ants get cleaned up (aka killed), and whatever they were going after removed. Except for the really big ants that come around here once a year, they pretty much get ignored.
Victoria: duck and covermahariel on February 3rd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Most bugs I ignore, except cockroaches (which we don't have in the house, thank goodness), which come to squishy ends, and spiders, which if safe I move outside and if threatened also become bugsmear.

I'm not spider phobic, but I have had bad allergic reactions to spider bites in the past. I just don't know what kind of spider(s) I have the reaction to, since the bites always seem to occur during sleep.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
yes, being from texas, i have generally had the same policy regarding roaches. but i have never had roaches up here.

though in texas, in order to make good on that policy, you need steady nerves, a quick belt of whiskey, and lariat and shooting iron.
(no subject) - mahariel on February 3rd, 2008 07:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Yes I'm T♥ny!king_amygdala on February 3rd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
I have a grand philosophy in life that includes things like social drama and politics, coffee stains on my shirt, and crazy people on the bus. The less I let it in, the less it's going to disturb me.

This philosophy works well in dealing with creepy bugs across the room. I don't want to kill them just because I'm phobic, and they probably don't want to harm me. Out of sight, out of mind. Out of mind, out of mind.

The exception is mosquitoes. They are actively seeking to harm me and I will kill them.
ktnzgtklws: Scorpktnzgtklws on February 3rd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Totally depends on the bug. Scorpions I transport outside. I'm a Scorpio so it just seems... bad karma? Spiders, with the exception of black widows or brown recluses, I put outside.
Pretty much anything else I would squish, but usually my cats find them first, so it's a still and lifeless body that I put in the trash bin... :->
Jenjenblue on February 3rd, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Bloodsuckers die, but most others get a ride outside. I admit fully that occasionally if it's inconvenient to take them out or they've pissed me off by getting on me or scaring the shit out of me, they may suffer capital punishment rather than release into the wild.

Also, Miss Olivia is a bit of a hunter and if she finds any interesting squirmy things to serve as prey in the relatively closed ecosystem that is my apartment, more power to her.
nplusmnplusm on February 3rd, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
It depends.

Usually I trap it with a cup and bring it outside.

However, if I'm naked (say in the shower) it gets immediate death.

I think it's important to remove the shower inclined bugs from the gene pool!
fledermaus23 on February 3rd, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Depends on how many legs it has. If it's an insect - spat!

Spiders I do kick outside. But only because they eat insects. Enemy of my enemy and all that.
VAXhackervaxhacker on February 3rd, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
Could be almost any of them, but usually ignore or transport, depending on what it is and whether my wife's asking me to kick it outside. :)
Immortal (so far): Geekimmortalsofar on February 3rd, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
I go through the code, find out what area it's in and fix it hoping to find it before someone else does.

This happens on a daily basis.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
-laugh-
propaganda_ministry: Organici_maenad on February 3rd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
If it's destructive or harmful, such as carpenter ants, I regretfully kill it. Actually, in the case of carpenter ants, it's more like holocaust.

Exception: In the old house, there was a brown recluse who lived and bred in the bath house. She had her corner, and I was careful not to disturb her; she returned the favor.

If it's not destructive or harmful, I either usher it outside or just leave it. For example, the itty bitty ants that came with this house get in through some holes in the 90-year-old brick work. I have been gradually finding and shutting these holes. (Blue poisons them, but I won't.) The spiders, however, are welcome--although I encourage them to stay in THEIR part of the house.

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Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I suspect the cockroach war chant is a beautiful image to behold :)
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Beththepresident on February 3rd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Fleas: KILL. Then bathe dog. Then put Frontline on dog. Then spend next 3 hours vacuuming room and washing sheets and disinfecting roommates.

Spiders: Generally I leave these alone.

Mosquitoes: KILL. Malaria. Seriously.

Box elder bugs: Foco likes to pounce on these and kill them. Good dog.

Crickets/other random unidentified bugs: Sometimes these get a free trip outside.

Moths: These I ignore (Foco likes to chase these too).

Kittens (yes, this has happened before): Pet the kitten, coo over the kitten, then return it outside.
Tracy Lauricellatmib on February 4th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)

Fleas: kill.
Spiders: Kill before Pony sees 'em if I can.
Misc. bugs such as ants: Point them out to the cats and ask the cats why they are not doing their jobs. This is followed by about a half hour of cat amusment of bug chasing. Eventually the cats wound it and I'll squash it and throw it away.