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Post Reply Do You Like or Hate Creepy Crawly Creatures?
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Posted 3/30/15 , edited 3/30/15

lilliputian_otaku wrote:

If it can't kill me and doesn't threaten my way of life, I don't mind those little critters. I did catch a hobo spider last week scurrying across my bed. I caught him and dropped him off outside the neighbors door. Non-venomous house spiders in reasonable populations are a welcome addition to my apartment.They keep bugs down and giant house spiders keep hobo spider populations at bay.

When I was younger I was bringing the trash cans in and the biggest black widow I have ever seen crawled onto my hand in the process. Looking back on it, I wish I would have relocated that spider. Seriously, that ol' girl was HUGE. Leg span was easily 2.5-3.0 inches. She must have been old or well fed because I have never seen a black widow that big before. But I was young and stupid so I killed her with fire. Still, she was surprisingly unaggressive and a gorgeous specimen to observe. I do hope I run into another like her one of these days. This time around, I might keep her as a pet or relocate her to a safer location where she could do spider things to her hearts content.

With that, I do appreciate the creepy crawly helpers around my house. Bugs, spiders, and snakes are all welcome (snakes should stay out of the house, and they do). Predator insects and spiders take care of pest insects while snakes of all kinds take care of both insects and rodents. The same goes for the orchards and cropping systems I manage. Promoting predator diversity and pest populations to sustain that diversity only helps to improve the efficiency of the cropping system. People really do need to start differentiating between good and bad bugs. Spiders are invaluable generalist predators that should be kept, again to a reasonable extent, in every house.


Web building spiders are generally less aggressive, less powerful, and less likely to bite than their hunting cousins. Black widows aren't that hard to handle. They have bad eyesight and won't bite you unless you squeeze them or they mistake your finger in their web for food. Still, since I have dogs and my grandma is getting older and more frail but enjoys gardening and constantly being outside, I kill all the black or brown widow spiders that I find near my house. They reproduce super fast, anyway, and there is nothing in my yard that really preys on them enough.

We also have lizards running around the back yard. My dog tries to catch them and they scurry under the cover that we put over the jacuzzi.
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Posted 3/31/15
I'm not a fan of insects, nor snakes. I do like rats however, they are awesome pets.
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I can't stand those cocky, filthy, disease rid dent, rodents. I hate rats and mouses.
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Posted 9/23/15
I hate them except spiders. Sometimes I even feed wild spiders. Also leave the light on at night sometimes so the bugs fly into the cobwebs. I keep them spiders out on my porch to keep other insects away. If I find a bug in my house I feed it to the spider on my porch where they live. I let the cobwebs spiders make remain to trap the insects.
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Posted 9/23/15
I'm not huge on bugs, but there are certain ones I really like such as praying mantises and caterpillars.

I'm not a huge fan of anything that flies with a buzzing sound. Except bees, they are chill.
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Posted 10/2/15
Hate I'm not a fan of insects
Posted 10/7/15
Can't stand bugs.

Lightning bug was flying around my room and I flipped shit. I know they're harmless, but I don't care.
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Posted 10/7/15
I don't like things like spiders and cockroaches

But I do love butterflies, caterpillars, and ladybugs
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Posted 10/8/15
Bugs and I have a relationship with healthy boundaries. I don't mind small house spiders and I will do everything I can not to kill them because I respect the job that they do with one exception: if they're in my shower then they go down the drain. I used to like handling all sorts of bugs when I was growing up but I guess I grew out of it or something.

I prefer mammals now, like cats and dogs. Even though there's a good chance that on any day I will get scratched or bitten, I don't really mind because I'm used to it. Not only that, but my cats don't bite or scratch with malicious intent and are actually very gentle. They give warning bites and shallow scratches. If they were sick or scared and bit me for real, I wouldn't hold it against them. Strangely, this logic only applies to mammals... I always took it very personally if a bug bit me.

I think it comes down to experience. If you have a lot of experience and knowledge with one type of animal or insect it only makes sense that you would be more comfortable with it. Most people just don't have a lot of experience with snakes, bugs, or spiders.
Posted 10/8/15
I don't mind them. Whenever someone starts screaming over some tiny creature, i just lol and tell them to behave.
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Posted 10/8/15
I though they were interesting when I was a kid, and caught plenty of them.

These days, I am indifferent.
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This is something I am really torn over, in theory I love insects and stuff because I am a big lover of nature and the natural world in general, and I like to respect all forms of life (other than humans because ew lol), but in practice I am terrified of all kinds of insects, some types more than others. For example, I am not scared of ants, centipedes, caterpillars etc. but the idea of having them near me really freaks me out. I especially hate flying insects (even butterflies) because you can't predict how they'll move and I also had a couple incidents involving wasps when I was younger. Above all, spiders are the worst. No matter how much I try to come to terms with their existence and accept that most aren't dangerous at all I just can't deal with them. I think it's partly to do with the same unpredictability-of-movement you get with flying insects, also how sometimes their webs are just there, like you're walking along and suddenly your face is covered in a weird sticky stuff and I just get filled with visions of a spider landing in my mouth or falling down my shirt or something idk. It's also how fast they move without a sound.

Like I said, I really want to love insects but when faced with them in reality I usually just end up killing them (if it is a crawling creature) or covering my face and flailing until they go out the window (if it is a flying creature). Killing them itself sort of makes me upset but at the same time I feel so relieved that it kind of outweighs the negative feelings from killing them.
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Posted 10/8/15
I find snakes interesting as for bugs never really cared i guess? If i see a spider or something i'd try not to kill it since they havent harmed me in any sort of way but if i notice more and more of them, they gotta go.
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Posted 10/8/15
Why do I have to choose between two extremes to cover millions of different things?
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Posted 10/8/15 , edited 10/8/15
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