Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk

Thursday, April 21, 2005

A pest is...

From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000,

1) An annoying person or thing; a nuisance.
2) An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
3) A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.

Very human-centric, but since the language used is a human invention, I suppose this can be forgiven. If a pest is a "nuisance," is that enough reason to reach for a can of pesticide? Whether the creature is an annoyance or a carrier of pestilence, in the grand scheme of things, "pest" is clearly a subjective observation.

At our home of the future, I've talked the ants mostly into the walls. The spiders, however, are resisting me. Perhaps because I fear them. I have a jar that I use sometimes to collect them and put them outside. In my bathroom and bedroom, I collected 27 spiders one day, gently shaking them out into the backyard. It took me about 20 minutes. Note: spiders are very fierce with each other, so if you should choose to do catch and release instead of using a Bug Vacuum, collect them one at a time. If training pit bulls to battle is wrong, then surely putting two spiders together for a death match is too.

I'm becoming more and more non-judgmental. Knowing that defining a creature as "pest" is a judgment, I am free to co-exist with the other dwellers in my house.

Even the creepy ones.


  1. I'm scared of spiders. Ants are no problem. It's just the long legs of the spiders that get me.

  2. Your Holiness,

    I am honored that you not only followed the link to my blog in the email I sent you, but also that you confessed your weakness about these mostly harmless beings within God's creation.

    Peace be with you!