Just wanted to note for the record that not only are the trees all blooming and everything is turning green around here, but my bats are back and I had three spider sightings in my house. A nice daddy long legs in the guest bathroom, a very solid spider has made a web right over the sliding door in the back and it is loaded with nasty critters who would otherwise sully my household, and there was a nice spider right above my stove who is doing his work eating up the vile bugs who make it that far into the house.
But the best is the bats. I sat on the back porch for a couple hours tonight relaxing in between period of the hockey game, and on several dozen occasions I got dive bombed by my bats who live in the back yard in the eaves and in the pine trees.
As I have stated before, this is a no kill sanctuary for bats and spiders, because I love how many bugs they eat and how they never screw with me the way bees and wasps might. Sure, if you don’t get how good they are (I’ll take four bats and a couple spiders over 500 citronella candles which only attract moths and smell like shit) they can be creepy, but if you look past that you can really gain the benefit of their existence and you should be happy they have chosen your house to protect.
Plus, I haven’t killed anything other than a housefly or mosquito for decades, brake hard for possums, squirrels and other critters on the road, and even cup stink bugs and throw them out of the house rather than step on them. I still eat meat, but I have just decided I am not killing things ever again and I have been pretty true to this for several years. I just think all these creatures exist for a reason, and it would be really arrogant for me to take things into my own hand. Technically, this house is a no kill zone, but I know the murder my bats and spiders are committing and I approve.
So. Am I a hypocrite or a lunatic or both?