Most Hindus believe that all living things are sacred because they are part of God, as is the natural world. If I find a bug or an insect in my house and it is not willing to pay rent, then I evict it. I try to pick it up and place it outside, except if it is a cockroach, then I will squash it because they are very hard to capture. Many insects serve an important purpose, but the world won’t miss one or two of them, especially since they reproduce like crazy and are not at risk of extinction. A rough estimate suggests that there are 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects and more than 1.5 million species of insects alive on Earth at this time. Without insects, our lives would be vastly different, as they pollinate our fruits, flowers, and vegetables. We need insects and they are underappreciated for the role that they play, but some of them don’t seem to serve any purpose. Mosquitoes, wasps, gnats, moths and bed bugs don’t seem to offer any advantages and I think the world would be better off without them. All they do is bite and annoy people, so they are nothing more than pests to me. I know that wasps can kill other insects which could be a good thing and that some fish will feed off of mosquito larvae, but gnats, moths and bed bugs are totally worthless. There are some edible insects, but I have never eaten any deliberately, although I have swallowed a few in my lifetime. If an insect serves a purpose, I will certainly tolerate them, but I won’t have them living in my house.
Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser #85, where she asks us, “Bugs; Do you love, hate or tolerate them?”