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02 February 2008 @ 10:06 pm
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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 :)
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
I also reason with said bug verbally and explain to it that while I know my place is nice, it is time for them to go and that if they stay, the cat will likely find and eat them.

I'm pretty sure some day these conversations will be recorded and then used to prove my insanity.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Have you ever watched Six Feet Under? I'm thinking in particular of a scene where the Seattle Girl is trying to reason with the ants that always makes my toes curl with the Cute™.

Edited to remove unintentional pirate speak.
All pirate speak must be intentional!

Edited at 2008-02-03 06:40 am (UTC)
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Haha, no I haven't, though you're one of many to suggest it in one way or another. I'll have to reserve it from the library and start going through the series. :)
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
I can't seem to get past season 2, but I triple heart the first two seasons.

Phil and I went to see Juno when I was in Bellingham and he said Juno reminded him of you.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
That's three people now that have said that.

Evidently I must see this movie before it leaves theatres.

I <3 Ellen Page at any rate. Here she discusses Ghost Sluts on Letterman.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Hee! I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out.

Me heart, she is full of glee!
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
See, it's so much better if it's intentional.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
ditto. with the exception of fruit flies which can go right to hell. perhaps i'll tell you of Project Genocide (and Genocide City) some time.

though i'd say "spiders *especially*". spiders are good little things.

really, my initial response to most things is just to leave them be. however, with Deirdre in the place, i have gone to heroic lengths to rid the place of any observed spider, as she is phobic. i still make sure i usher them outside and out the stairway window onto the patio roof.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
I had a Genocide City of Fruit Flies in the form of a shot glass of Scotch at a previous apartment. Fruit flies are my only exception to the go outside rule, because I just can't figure out how to be peaceful given how tiny they are.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
respectfully, no, you didn't have a Genocide City.

you had Genocide Project Gamma, or Genocide Outpost, or some such.

i am very familiar with such. and Genocide City is something else entirely.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
Ha! Then, yeah, I need to hear this story.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
Hee, here they are!

Zebra Spider

They're surprising levels of endearing. Even my mom, who seriously hated spiders for most of her life, enjoyed watching these guys bounce around defending their turf.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
i'm glad i don't have to follow their sex practices... doesn't seem like a lot of fun.

then again, my sex non-practice isn't that fun either.

but at least it's only sad, and not actually dangerous.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
Spider sex, spider sex, does whatever spider sex d... OW FUCK MY FACE!

The life of a male spider, it is indeed the raw end of the deal. The girl spiders just get good sex AND a tasty post-coital treat.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
this is me not pointing out that you just said "FUCK MY FACE!" in a sex related thread.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Ahem.

This is me not shiv-ing you in the face in retaliation ala Assassin's Creed.
raven mimuraravenmimura on February 3rd, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
SHIV MY FACE!
Strange whimsy: so seriouskindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
No. It's not as fun when it's not a surprise.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
My aunt had a bizarre little ecodome going on inside of a bottle of pretty much depleted late harvest wine once (just the little bit of coating in the bottom, no actual depth to the liquid). She left it open for maybe five minutes one day when cooking and when she came back it had a good five or so fruit flies buzzing. She panicked and corked it immediately with the flies inside, but didn't know what to do with it, so she just left it thinking they'd die out drunk and happy.


...Instead they raised several subsequent generations of fruit flies inside of the bottle over the course of the next two weeks. She eventually took it to the trash and uncorked it, unable to let the experiment to continue or doom them to death.
Strange whimsykindofstrange on February 3rd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Ah, yeah, fruit flies are an exception to my gentle bug policy. I've tried being nice to them and ushering them outside, but they're also of the 'kamikaze into your eyes and up your nose nose' variety, which means they tend to get the squishin'. Particularly after toxifying the hell out of my sink with bleach and such, removing all food particles, only to find them swarming around in even larger numbers the next day. No food anywhere, just fruit fly festacular!

Spiders definitely get my respect. I either take them outside or let them go about their merry way, as long as I don't think the cat is going to spot and eat them. My favorite sadly don't seem to exist out here. Bold little black and white striped jumping spiders that line the windowsills of many a MI house. Tiny little buggers that will cockily defend their territory against you by doing a little bounce back and forth and raising their little front legs, sure that somehow you cannot squish them with your pinkie fingertip.

I probably identify with them a bit too much.
Kburgunder on February 3rd, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
I have a pretty much identical spider policy. My only concern is usually for the spider's safety around Battle Widget.
Sarah: woodssarmonster on February 3rd, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Are we Speciesist?

Flies, yellow jackets(the skinheads of the insect world) and Mosquitoes get a death sentence, almost anything else goes outside, especially if it eats other bugs. Anything that eats mosquitoes is all right in my book.

When Mike was living in Hawaii there were geckoes everywhere, people like them in their home as they ate cockroaches. One time Mike put on a fresh pair of shorts and did a sudden shaky New Guinea Shaman rain dance. I thought he was having some kind of upright seizure.

"WTF?"
"There was a gecko in my shorts!"
*Checks him for pants lizard* ...
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.
Victoriamahariel on February 3rd, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
We had a few in our first apartment, little bitty ones

In Louisiana, it was a different matter

I had an old used textbook the university bookstore wouldn't take back, and it was my roach masher. These were the 1-2" buggers that came in from the back yard.

My Bailey kitty thought they were the best toys ever. She'd catch them, carry them into the bathroom, and drop them in the bathtub, bat them around for awhile, then suck the innards out and leave the carapaces for us to find in the morning.

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.
autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on February 4th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Normally bugs don't give me much heartache. They hang out by my windows or in an obscure corner and I figure they've got just as much right to be there as anybody else.

I do clean every week or so and thus if they're making a mess or in the way I'll usher them outside. My window is conveniently 2 feet above a little garden area so they don't need to go far.

Sometimes I'll chat with them (usually spiders because they're better listeners) about all kinds of things. I also like to admire their handiwork or colors. Occasionally, when I'm hanging out with my old high school friend, we'll invent running stories and dialogs for the various crawlies we come across. Presently the spiders are loosely clannish and tribal. They have entered an uneasy truce with the green and brown slugs though the black slugs have threatened to break it. I could go on for an awfully long time and have likely already said too much... but hey, we're entertained.

I lika the bugs. Mmmhmmph.
Varnvarn_ix on February 4th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Ignore, kill, transport; roughly in this order, depending on my energy levels. The breaks would be anybody's guess.
Varnvarn_ix on February 4th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh, insects only. I leave spiders be, as the webs are especially handful on summer evenings.