Several years ago, I got a bed bug in the mail that was still alive. I posted his picture on FB several times. Because he wasn’t a pest, but just a specimen for identification, I just couldn’t kill him in cold blood. I couldn’t put him outside as he would have starved, so I put him in a plastic container and fed him once a week on the back of my hand. I fed him for about a year and a half and he died of natural causes and I was a little upset. I know most will say, so what, he was a bug. That is true, but I was taking care of him and I knew this would happen as it did. I am glad I didn’t just crush him or spray him with some insidious pesticide when I got him in the mail. I don’t mind controlling insects when they are pests in homes, but I cannot bring myself to kill anything of any species for no reason at all, just because of its identity.
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