Squashed Like a Bug

Our hostess for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, the lovely Linda Hill came down with a bug this week which she indicated was caused from a reaction that she got from a new prescription she just started taking.  Her doctor changed her prescription and I am sure that everyone is wishing her well and if she can get some rest and sleep snug like a bug in a rug, that she will be better soon.  Some insects are beneficial, but there are plenty of detrimental bugs around.  The good bugs are useful for eating other more destructive bugs, or for pollinating plants.  From a human prospective the good bugs are those that perform valued services like pollination and pest control.  Most bugs that enter my home have put a death sentence upon themselves, as if they are not willing to pay rent, then they are not staying and just before I stomp on them dispatching my foot down on their scrawny little necks with the utmost speed, I say, “You are going to die sucker.”

Beware of the stink bug, they are pretty big, and plenty ugly looking.  They are kind of like slugs in the way that they stick to the outside of your house looking for cozy spot to spend the winter, but other than the smell they are basically harmless, however they can be a nuisance when you get a large population of them.  The bad news is that these big, scary and ugly stink bugs smell if you smash them and the odor that they release will attract more of them.  Don’t squish them, try to kill them using a spray or a trap.

I am pretty sure that insects can and do feel or sense their surroundings, but I am less sure whether or not they have emotions, and I heard that most invertebrates (insects do not have bones) are not able to feel pain, which for me makes it more acceptable to kill them, rather than any other forms of animal life.  I have heard that there are roughly 21 quadrillion spiders living on Earth and that they outnumber humans at a rate of 2.8 million to one, so if I end up stepping on one of those creepy crawly critters, it is no big loss.  It is not like I am going around intentionally targeting them for eradication, but if they are dumb enough not to get out of my way then it is their bad luck as it would be good riddance for them.  If it became inconvenient to figure out another way to dispose of a bug, than I would most likely smash it, without worrying or trying to ascertain if it is legal or moral.

Just to be clear, I don’t get stimulated or derive any sort of happiness from torturing tiny helpless creatures, but some insects can be dangerous and my first reaction would be that it was better that it happened to them instead of me.  This might be a  little shallow and perhaps self-centered, but I feel like there is nothing inherently wrong with thinking that way.  If bad things are going to happen, they should happen to someone else, and it is not like I don’t have any compassion or sympathy for others, it is just that I would be far more grateful if someone other than me got stepped on.  This is a normal, healthy, human reaction.  It is a matter of self-preservation, and the survival of the fittest.  I would never shoot a dog for barking at me even if I didn’t like it, or poison a cow just for mooing and waking me from my sleep, but I still think that it is OK to kill certain bugs without any real good reason.

Written for 6/23/18 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “bug”.

9 thoughts on “Squashed Like a Bug

    1. I actually don’t hate bugs, it is just that if they get in my way, I don’t have any qualms about squashing them. Like if I see a mosquito on my arm sucking my blood, I will smash it in an instant.

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    1. I think they made two of those movies and I remember the first one being better than the second. It is a futuristic world and the women soldiers shower with the men and I actually enjoyed watching that scene.

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  1. Interesting post. It makes me wish I’d written on the topic of whether bugs can feel pain which would be way more serious than what I wrote. I usually kill cockroaches that come into my house when I can’t get my husband to do it – he’s better at it than I am. My slower reaction time allows me to witness cockroaches running for their lives to avoid being squashed. As my vegan mentor says, they do want to live. I admit to a bias against cockroaches inside the house. I catch and carry spiders, beetles, and moths outside. Spiders after all eat mosquitoes. The more I learn about bees, the more I admire them. Bees have an astounding collective intelligence. I suspect that bugs in general have an intelligence that is very different from ours. But there’s something about those tiny heads on the big flying southern cockroaches aka, palmetto bugs, that make it hard for me to feel as much compassion for them as the other crawly things.

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    1. Joanna, I totally agree with you and there are a lot of good bugs that I would never harm like the praying mantis as it is so beautiful and graceful and it is really good at eating other pesky bugs. The bees are a real issue as we desperately need them for flowers and vegetables to get pollinated and pesticides are killing them all over the world. We need to make better pesticides that are safer for the good bugs. I live in Central Florida and there are a lot of lizards here, which the cats like to catch and torture. I am pretty good at catching them once they are spotted by the cats and I always take them outside and put them in the garden so they can eat more bugs.

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      1. I just looked it up and skinks do eat crickets, moths, slaters, earthworms, flies, grubs and caterpillars, grasshoppers, cockroaches and earwigs which makes them helpful to have around your garden.

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