maggots

@jb78000 (15163)
January 18, 2010 9:24am CST
the only animals i find absoluty revolting are maggots - i don't like flies, but don't find many of the usual ones (i like spiders, rats and snakes) disgusting. so which animals repel you? why? and would you kill them?
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@dawnald (84201)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 10
Well, I don't find fleas or mosquitoes quite as disgusting as maggots, but I think they are bout the 2 most useless creatures on Earth. Especially fleas... At least mosquitoes are eaten by a lot of different animals. Maggots too probably, but fleas?
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• Philippines
19 Jan 10
Your dogs eats and scratch us every time and one of our purpose in life is to pester you dog owners forever-Mr. Flea
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@dawnald (84201)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 10
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
something must eat fleas. antifleas?
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• United States
18 Jan 10
I do not like anything that swarms or clumps together in a wriggling mass, such as ants or maggots. They really do not bother me individually or even when there are only a few, but the swarming or wriggling mass of them is what I find really creepy. I do not kill them, though, unless they pose a danger to myself or my family. I try to stay away from them, but I also try to respect life in its many forms, especially when it serves a purpose in the greater scheme of things, such as keeping the ecosystem in balance and disposing of waste.
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@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
as i said above they have a purpose and animal performs a usefull function. i too would avoid maggots but would't kill without a very good reason.
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• United States
18 Jan 10
Oh, I know that you said that they have a purpose, and since you have stated that you are a vegetarian, I would suspect that you would try to respect life in its many forms and avoid killing whenever possible. I admit that I do eat meat, but I still try not to kill things unless I have to. There are some people, though, that will kill something just because they find it displeasing, even if it serves a very useful purpose in our lives.
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• Philippines
19 Jan 10
What a lovely and nature friendly box...I should try practicing eating veggies too for they are good for our health but I'm finding it hard to resist meat and I love to cook but I don't know much of the veggie recipes
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Jan 10
STINK BUGS I hate every phuquin stink bug ever hatched. they should all be smited with great haste!
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@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
what are they and what do they do?
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
20 Jan 10
they are shield shaped beetle types, that emit a foul odor when touched or swatted. and the stink LASTS. BTW, these beetles are immune to almost every over the counter bug spray. You can't kill them without squishing them on a shoe. oh yeah, they also nest in household siding & shingles, and leave the stink behind so they can send the next generation to re-infest. I. HATE. THEM.
@Sandra1952 (6051)
• Spain
18 Jan 10
Hello, Judith I agree with you there. Unfortunately, Tony seems to like them for fishing purposes. I'm not keen on moths either, but I'm not really brave enough to actually approach and kill one. I find them very threatening. They look at me all menacing, like. Did you realise how menacing those things can be? I've scared myself now - I need a vodka.
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
i like moths - like butterflies but cooler
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
18 Jan 10
You need yellow lightbulbs outside Sandra, they work a treat at keeping the moths away, they aren't very good at doing their thing with mosquitoes though.
• Spain
19 Jan 10
Judith - how can anyone like moths? Butterflies I can understand, I like them myself, but moths? Thea, thanks for the tip. I'll try that. Although,we don't seem to get so many moths here as we did in the UK. Problem is, they're bigger.
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@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
18 Jan 10
I like tortoises. I'd rather some one else did the actual killing if there's something around though. Where can I buy dog poison from?
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
the dog poison store of course
• United States
18 Jan 10
Thea, are you planning on giving the dog poison to the tortoise and sending it on a mission to get rid of a particular pest for you?
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
18 Jan 10
JB please try to be more specific as you're meant to be the scientist here and we don't actually have a dog poison store. Purple, kindly leave the tortoises out of this, the dog poison is for the rotweiller of course.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I don't care too much for the ones you like. The rats are causing an issue for me currently because they keep digging into one of my pens.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
well i have pet rats and they are very sweet - wild ones can be a real pest though - they invaded my granny's house for a well and made it stink. and chewed things up. wild rats are also pretty cunning and more agressive than pet ones (mine are about as cunning as guinea pigs - wild and pet ones are like wolves compared to very pampered dogs). i personally wouldn't kill them (i'd have to use livetraps) but can understand the need to control them.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
19 Jan 10
What am I suppose to do with them once their trapped if I use a live trap? I do not want to come in contact with them.
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@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
put them out in the woods? i don't think you have to touch them but i have never had to deal with rat infestations myself...
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
18 Jan 10
maggots creep me out a little too..I would add to my list earwigs, they are gross little creatures that like maggots just seem to appear from no where and they can never come alone, they bring every branch on their family tree with them. Would I kill an earwig? every time I find them, with no remorse, I kill them.
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
poor little earwigs
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@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
18 Jan 10
Ha Earwigs, you should see the size of the centipedes here.
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@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Poor little earwigs, my aunt fanny, they are horrid little creatures. Thea I will take your centipedes over a group of earwigs any day. I take it your centipedes are bigger than our centipedes? We have millipedes too.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Maggots don't bother me that much. They certainly get rid of putrid and decomposing flesh, which is a good thing as long as it's not mine. Some are even used medicinally to clean festering wounds, as they consume decay but leave healthy flesh alone. I think what bothers me the most is mosquitos, and I kill them every chance I get. I know their bite is the worst and can carry disease, but the high-pitch drone of the females really drives me batty. Fleas and ticks run a close 2nd and 3rd.
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
maggots have a purpose, even a rather gross one. i don't like mosquitoes and fleas either but they don't make squeamish.
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@celticeagle (124376)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 10
Animals that repell me are monkeys, chimps, and such. Also pug dogs and cats with the mashed in faces. I just find them revoltingly ugly and pathetic. I wouldn't kill them but I don't go around them either.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
a lot of people think they are cute. do you think your aversion is because the flat faces make them look sort of human and you see that as deformity?
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@celticeagle (124376)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 10
Could very well be. I do see it as a deformity and I feel sorry for them. They make me shiver with revulsion. And I don't like small yiping dogs anyway.
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
19 Jan 10
I hate spiders, a lot. They are ugly, crawly things and many spiders here are dangerous. Some of them can jump. I hate their furry legs. I erspecialy hate redback spiders.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
aren't redback spiders dangerous?
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10422)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I hate June bugs...they dive bomb me, and gnats in the early summer bite! So do ground bees. I wouldn't want, either, to live with cockroaches or bedbugs...I've heard awful things about them! And once, about 5 years ago, I rented a beautiful house, only to find out the carpeting was full of fleas! The landlord had to have exterminators back 3 times to get rid of them...I moved!! And I don't like flies or mosquitoes. And yes, I would kill them rather than put up with them and the diseases they carry...all of the ones I've mentioned.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
i think june bugs are called cockchafers over here. i have nothing against them agree that knats and midges are really irritating. and having a flea infestation would be no fun whatsoever.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
gnats. someday i will learn to spell
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I don't like maggots either because they just sit there and slither about. At least with flies you have the challange of swatting them with a fly swatter. Same goes for spiders. Did you know that we have spiders down here in Florida who are as big as your hand? Spray them and they lick their lips and come after you. So, I enjoy ticking them off with the spray and them smashing them with a shoe. Can't use a fly swatter on those buggers...they're liable to take it away from you.
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
they do sound fairly fearsome. we just have little harmless ones.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I'm not trusting any spiders that large to follow the norm. Who knows, there might be some psycho ones down here who will come after you just because they're in a bad mood!
@dorannmwin (36652)
• United States
22 Jan 10
You have definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. There are a lot of things that I don't like: mice, snakes and spiders. However, I don't particularly find any of these revolting. The two things that I find to be revolting are maggots just like you have said and also roaches. I would kill maggots, roaches and spiders but I would never kill either of the other two regardless of the fact that I don't like them.
@jb78000 (15163)
22 Jan 10
i think we find revolting animals that can spread disease. this is why on the whole we don't find snakes revolting, just scary. and why people are more revolted by rats than mice.
19 Jan 10
I can't stand bees & wasps, with their constant buzzing and dive bombing when you least expect it, not too mention the occassional painful sting. Whilst they may have their purpose and even with their population decreasing I have no qualms about killing those which dare to wander in to my home during the summer.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
poor little buzzies. don't think killing a few will affect their populations much though.
19 Jan 10
I don't like anything that looks like it might stick to you, so leeches, slugs, snails, sea urchins, anything like that. OTher than that I'm not too bad with most things!
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
there a lot of sticky creatures - unfortunately for you
@flagella08 (5067)
• Philippines
19 Jan 10
i am exposed to animals because of the nature of my work. i just don't like every time i am being bitten. i also pick maggots especially when i am preserving cats and rats. flies carry the eggs of the maggots so better get rid of them.
@jb78000 (15163)
19 Jan 10
are you a taxidermist?
@Wizzywig (7858)
18 Jan 10
Yes, maggots are pretty gross no matter how useful they are but I wouldn't want to get close enough to kill them... tho' actually, I probably would just stand and watch them wriggle.
@jb78000 (15163)
18 Jan 10
ick. i really shouldn't have started this discussion - i now have a mental image of maggots wriggling
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
15 Jul 10
For me it's insects, spiders, snakes, mice and anything creepy that flies. I try to get them back outside alive if I can (if they sneak in the house) but if push comes to shove I kill them. I also do it quick so they don't suffer. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]