The *occasional* insect invasion

2010 July 7
by Jennifer

My Man and I see eye to eye on most things. But one area where we don’t quite agree is on the topic of indoor pest control.

If a bug is in the house, I kill it with a mixture of revulsion and delight, or if the pest is too big or frightening, I’ll call some pest control louisiana to get rid of it for me! No questions asked. This is normal, I say! No I don’t kill bugs in their natural habitat and know from 2nd grade science that they are an integral part of the food chain. But anything else alive, other than select domestic house pets after undergoing a thorough review, is unwelcome in our home.

If there is a bug in our house, My Man’s mission is to save its life (from death by my shoe) and kindly escort it out the door unharmed. He takes his membership to the Nature Conservancy literally. Like a six year old boy, he gets a red cup and a piece of paper and begins talking to the insect. He then ever so gently captures the bug in the cup without so much as injuring one of its tiny legs, and carefully escorts it outside. He probably even names them. Sweet, right? Yeah, great in theory, but eight times out of ten the bug gets away and continues residence in our home. That whole dance used to make me really frustrated. Now I just leave the room and let him have his way.

Ideally if the situation got really bad we’d look into hiring a pest control company, but I think it’d take some convincing. We’ve looked at pest control west seattle based groups before when we knew someone with a bed bug company, and the efficiency they’d have for getting rid of the issue may not sit well with My Man.

One of my friends works in a warehouse in Minnesota and they recently had to call a pest control service to deal with a wasp nest that had formed in the roof. I would have been absolutely terrified, but fortunately the exterminator managed to deal with the problem quickly and professionally. If you work in manufacturing and experience any pest problems, you can click here for more information.

I recently came across this Bug Vacuum, It sucks a bug in and then releases it without harm. Perhaps this will make his efforts more effective-and entertaining for spectators (i.e. me).

This is the kind of item that one can most likely find in Sky Mall Magazine, the clearing house for single-purpose and ridiculously unnecessary gadgets. Like this:

Ah, hours of entertainment await at (Sky Mall is that magazine they urge you to take for free(!) from the seat-back pocket on the airplane). But I digress…

And just to clarify, we do agree on one insect, and that is roaches. Ahem, palmetto bugs. Yes, even my little buglover kills roaches with gusto. If we didn’t see eye to eye on that there would be squabbles. This was him on Sunday night after an unwelcome intruder scurried under our oven. He had a shoe in one hand, a coat hanger for coaxing in the other and the Raid nearby. I couldn’t have been more proud of his efforts. It was like hearing a nun say a four letter word, or seeing a vegetarian eat bacon.

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