Why you shouldn’t squish those little guys

By Conner Tighe

The views and opinions expressed in this story do not reflect the views of the Ross Community Center. 

We’ve all been there; you’re sipping your coffee on the couch when you see something small working its way toward your sanctuary. Whether it’s a spider, centipede, beetle, or even a bee, it’s better off to get them to safety. Squishing or killing insects sabotages their efforts to the environment and the future of our environment.

Spiders take care of common house pests like flies and beetles, whereas bees pollinate and soon die anyway because of changing temperatures. 

It may be difficult to face something so sinister as a wolf spider or fast-walking centipede, but there are ways of doing so. Using paper, cups, long extensive objects like backscratchers and tape measurers can manipulate insects into getting on, thus making their freedom easier.

As the seasons begin to change and we work toward winter, more insects will start to seek shelter where warmth is provided — your home. No worries, however, as 90 percent of the time, insects are not there for you and are instead sheltering for the upcoming winter. Although the insects will likely die when put back outside, it’s a better solution than a simple kill.

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