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    The other day I found a mantis on my windshield while I was driving to the local high school open house. He was just hanging out on my windshield, probably wondering why it was so windy all of a sudden, but he lasted all the way til I got there. Was gone by the time I came back out.

    Lately I've had either bees or wasps (I don't actually know how to tell the difference by looking at them) coming in through my window somehow and dying in my kitchen. My landlady has the complex sprayed every other month, and the stuff seems to be working since every one I find is either dead or dying, but I wish I could figure out where they're getting in and block it up. I've removed about five or six this week and it's getting annoying.

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    I don't like bugs in my living space, except spiders. You can stay, Eater of Flies. I always feel a little bad sweeping out cobwebs.

    Through good news for spider-lovers and spider-toleraters! Apparently an invasive species of brown widows are pushing out black widows from Southern California. I know, I know, shouldn't be rooting for the invasive species, but I always try to be nice to brown widows I find. Be free, little one, and destroy your cousins!
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    I just went to the butterfly house at the Bronx Zoo; I highly recomend it.
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    This morning I found FOUR wasps in my kitchen, and this time all of them were still alive. They seemed to be moving slowly so I think the pesticide sprayed by the landlady is still affecting them, but it may be losing its effect due to dilution or something. I was able to trap three of them under a cup and flush them down my kitchen sink drain (and then stoppered the drain just in case). The fourth one disappeared before I could catch him, so I'm hoping he just found a secluded spot to die off and won't still be around when I come home tonight.

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    Ok so IMO if you are a insect, arachnid, etc I will not like you. (Also I have severe arachnophobia so that doesn't help.) So I was wondering if anyone else hates bugs?
    Try them with peanut butter and a glass of cold milk!

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    All critters have their place. Though I'd like to keep the place for mosquitoes and bed bugs as far away from me as possible.

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    I have a treaty with the local ant colonies. They stay out of my house, and I say out of their colonies.

    Once, late a night, my daughter spilled a 2-liter of soda, and we must have done a poor job cleaning it up. In the morning there were like 50 of those huge black ants collecting the sugar.

    I once broke a light covering swatting a fly.
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    I've got some variety of wasp building a nest right outside my window. Last night they started getting in because there's a giant crack between the top of the screen and the window frame. So I extracted five or six rather unhappy wasps from the apartment via a jar and envelope, then taped up the seam. My girlfriend was over, and seemed rather unhappy about the wasp situation, but like my solution.
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    I hate all bugs, especially spiders and yellow jackets. I also think it is good to kill the particularly evil looking bugs and spare the cute ones, thus putting evolutionary pressure on bugs to become cuter. For instance, if a spider wore a tiny hat I would let it live as it slightly increases the chances of all spiders having tin hats.
    Now if everyone could please "Sig" something along the lines of "Gosh 2D8HP, you are so very correct (and also good looking)", I think that would be good progress.

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    I generally like bugs and even think some of them are adorable. I generally give the black widows in my apartment a respectable distance... Ants though kinda annoy me and I will sometimes react aggressively if I see them around. I freaking LOVE beetles though. If they did not have such a short lifespan I would probably keep some as pets.

    BTW: If you do not like bugs have you should consider the merits of DND 3.5. In that system liking spiders makes you legitimately a horrible person. Liking bugs in general, however, makes you so morally abhorrent thay I could get in trouble describing the things you are willing to do and have likely done. (Turning into a bug is no big deal though). Just a weird anecdote to be honest, but still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZamielVanWeber View Post
    If you do not like bugs have you should consider the merits of DND 3.5. In that system liking spiders makes you legitimately a horrible person. Liking bugs in general, however, makes you so morally abhorrent that I could get in trouble describing the things you are willing to do and have likely done. (Turning into a bug is no big deal though). Just a weird anecdote to be honest, but still.
    That really isn't the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoLegsArmchair View Post
    That really isn't the case.
    4 PRCS in 3.5 DND involve vermin. 2 require you to be evil, one requires you to be vile, and one has no alignment restrictions. The designers for a bunch of DND very clearly had "bugs = evil" in their heads. As I said, it is an amusing anecdote, nothing more.
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    Mate, we have a PrC for skydiving dwarves and a feat that lets you turn Turn Undead into Rebuke Hippos in this game.

    Nothing is out of reach of a 3.5 character.

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    I'm generally pretty ambivalent about bugs, and if I'm outside I'll leave them alone unless they actually start biting/stinging. Inside I'm a bit more hardline - moths get relocated outside, ants get swept up and thrown outside alive or dead and all surfaces that might have pheremone trails wiped, and wasps get eradicated.

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    Some studies show as much as an 80% decrease in total bugs over the last 30 years. For comparison: the bug population is dropping faster than the infant mortality rate, and that second one has been a major focus in several fields while the first is entirely accidental. It's not just the bees, bugs are falling like flies all around. So be careful what you wish for in a thread like this.
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    If it has anymore than 4 legs it is unnatural and should be removed from anywhere around me. I appreciate all the things insects do for us and I understand the need for them, but I do not want them anywhere near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvl 2 Expert View Post
    Some studies show as much as an 80% decrease in total bugs over the last 30 years. For comparison: the bug population is dropping faster than the infant mortality rate, and that second one has been a major focus in several fields while the first is entirely accidental. It's not just the bees, bugs are falling like flies all around. So be careful what you wish for in a thread like this.
    Well, if anyone wants some of the bluebottles from my house, they're more than welcome.

    I will kill clothes moths on sight, mosquitoes if I can be bothered, and bluebottles if they annoy me sufficiently or appear in sufficient numbers. If ants invade the house I may poison them just because otherwise they're very hard to get rid of. Cockroaches, obviously, are to be exterminated, and while I don't live in termite country I'd probably adopt the same policy towards them if they got into my house. If a wasp really won't leave me alone then it might be for the chop, but generally I find if I ignore them they move on of their own accord in due course and it's not worth getting worked up about.

    Other arthropods I'm generally happy to adopt a policy of live and let live. Spiders in particular I will leave alone if possible (sometimes their webs have to be removed) unless they get into difficulties in which case I'll escort them somewhere better for them.
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    So, last week Aldi had Venus flytraps for sale. Why they waited until the weather turned cold and most of the bugs were gone is anyone's guess, but I bought one anyway. They're smaller than I thought.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that Venus flytraps are cool, and I'm happy to have one now.

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    I spent years camping and being outdoors as a kid/teen.



    I have come to the conclusion that I despise any thing that falls under the umbrella of "bug." creature or other small creepy crawly being anywhere near me if it can be helped. If it's ecologically decidedly useful (Spiders, Bees, ext.) please go do so FAR, FAR, FAR away from me, maybe in the hell scape that decided to make the ecology such that you are useful or necessary too it.



    Any of the one's that kind of don't fall into this category (Misquito's for instance.), Frankly, I'd mass extinction them given the choice and want them even further away from me!
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    Predictably, the cold has caused my Venus flytrap to shrivel up and die. I've read that they do go dormant in the winter, so I hope it'll bounce back in the spring. I guess time will tell.

    In the meantime, yesterday I spotted something crawling on my wall that I really did not want to see. I slammed a jar down over it and trapped the guy to get a better look. I'm pretty sure it's a cockroach. I've been trying to not leave out food and keep the apartment relatively clean to avoid this, but if there's one there's more. I don't know if they're nesting in my apartment or elsewhere in the building, though. The landlord has had people in to spray chemicals every other month since I've moved in, up to and including this month, but I guess it isn't foolproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velaryon View Post
    Predictably, the cold has caused my Venus flytrap to shrivel up and die. I've read that they do go dormant in the winter, so I hope it'll bounce back in the spring. I guess time will tell.
    I wish you best of luck. Do you know how effective they are in summer with flies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velaryon View Post
    So, last week Aldi had Venus flytraps for sale. Why they waited until the weather turned cold and most of the bugs were gone is anyone's guess, but I bought one anyway. They're smaller than I thought.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that Venus flytraps are cool, and I'm happy to have one now.
    I think there are a number of different varieties of Venus flytrap of various sizes. I would have thought they'd be difficult to keep in this climate; I've only ever seen them in heated greenhouses in this country, as I can't imagine they stand the cold well.
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