Do you kill bugs?


#1

Any bug I find in my house I cannot. I carefully catch them and return them to the outdoors. As inconvenient as this my concience will not allow anything else. Does anyone share this issue?


#2

Sometimes my conscience allows it, but sometimes not. It depends on the situation, really.

Spiders, however, I can’t really kill unless it is a tiny one, or if it dies when I brush it off my body whenever I find one on me due to my arachnophobia.


#3

The bugs I sometimes get in my home are Asian cockroaches- although I haven’t seen many lately.

They don’t come from outside, they crawl up from the sewer system. Outside isn’t their natural habitat, particularly in the winter.


#4

I have done what you did before, kind of a Franciscan thing to do nit to kill brother bug. But there are many times I smash bugs when then enter my house, pesty little critters!


#5

I don’t like killing them either, but it has nothing to do with conscience. I just can’t stand getting bug juice all over the place.


#6

I don’t kill random bugs outside, unless they’re garden pests. I’m also fine with killing roaches, fire ants, yellow jackets, flies, and mosquitoes because they’re all pests.


#7

We were invaded by ants. They were trying to get into the dog food. Tens of thousands of the critters.

They’re now gone, with a tiny cemetery with tiny little gravestones to mark their passing.


#8

i’m with you, Bro ! When outside i’m careful not to step on any ants.
However, parasites otta be killed off, imo


#9

I kill mosquitoes sometimes out of reflex. When I go to kill a bug I hear Jesus say show mercy and you will be shown mercy. Am I weird? Or does god really not want me to kill bugs? I’ve probably taken at least a hundred spiders outside and never been bitten which proves to me it’s unnecessary. I also have a friend who kills every bug he sees but he jokingly doesn’t do it at my house out of respect. Lol


#10

You’re awesome bro


#11

I kill bugs all the time without hesitation, but I do find myself feeling guilty sometimes, or asking myself if what I did was really okay.


#12

Mosquitos carry diseases like West Nile or malaria. Even if they don’t have those diseases, mosquito bites are a pain.


#13

The only bugs I really kill are mosquitoes. One time I had a ton in my room and I tried catching and releasing them, but it was late at night, I wanted to go to bed, and finished off by killing the rest.


#14

If it’s a spider or other beneficial insect/bug, yes, but roaches, silverfish, wasps, fire ants, assassin bugs, & the like…? No. There was a time when rats were nesting up in attic: no to them, too…


#15

St. Francis wrote about brother fly.


#16

Ugh! Might as well call Off! their cocktail sauce anymore. We have some aggressive mosquitoes here in TX…


#17

I have no moral problem with it, but I always feel sad, even when I kill a mosquito that bit me. I have a really soft heart. It’s not my conscience that prickles, I just feel empathy for the thing.


#18

I kill all bugs except roll up bugs (pill bugs) and moths. I used to play with roll up bugs as a kid. Still kinda like them.


#19

No kidding. Nasty roaches too, that come in your house no matter how clean you keep it.


#20

I’m not sure how bad your aracnophobia is. But as someone else who fears spiders (there’s one type of spider I can stand if it’s in the corner, but otherwise I keep looking to see if it’s moved even though it’s 15 feet away and 8 feet up) I kill them with a vacuum. I put on the two extensions and then suck it up, letting the vacuum run for 10 seconds to make sure it’s dead.


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