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From: Leslie (id-cralid-cuda1a-53-231.losaca.adelphia.net)
Subject: Re: Honestly want to know.....
Date: August 25, 2003 at 9:48 am PST

In Reply to: Honestly want to know..... posted by AL on July 9, 2003 at 4:25 pm:

I know you wrote this months ago, but I just now saw it.

My perspective is a bit different than the others, just a bit though. My feelings about insects have changed a lot since becoming vegan. I have even caused my husband to have a different perspective.

In my house if there are insects unless it is a small spider I get a glass and piece of cardboard and remove them to the outside. I don't kill them, there really is no need unless, as Sandi says, they are poisonous, in our area of the country there aren't many, if any, that are. We did have a huge infestation of ants that we had to deal with, we did ant killer before they hatched in the spring and this year we only had a few which I removed or left alone.

Sometimes there are small spiders in the house that I observe, I usually just leave them alone, I know it sounds weird, but we have actually had fun watching them spin webs and after a couple of days they just disappear, don't know where they go.

I hate flies in the house something awful, and they're hard to catch, I either put up with them until they die a natural death, in a couple of days, or I will try to catch them in between the screen door and regular door and then go around and let them go.

Wasps and bees in the house are easy to catch with a jar and remove to the outside. This year I hung up a few little teeny decorative bird houses on my swing and we had fun watching a couple of yellow jackets that apparently used one as a house, they were really entertaining, as of yesterday they still live in the little house. I just let them be.

My husband has a few spiders in his office that he watches climb around on the walls behind the pictures. He names them. He says a couple of years ago before he met me he would have killed them but now sees nothing wrong with enjoying their presence and seeing them in a different light. As long as they're not threatening in some way, who cares if they cross your walls or floor??

It has been a long time since I've killed an insect except by accident, I am sure there are many, but my life hasn't been the worse for having a few stray creatures in my house. I even enjoy watching them now, a while ago I watched a beautiful white spider making a web outside on some plants, it was fascinating!



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