Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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BerryBird's picture BerryBird

I will catch and release outside almost all varieties of creepy crawlies that appear in the house: spiders, bees, centipedes, ticks, isolated ants. Due to some harmless but rather traumatic experiences with maggots, flies are an exception--I will allow SodaBoy to smash them. Living in the northeast, though, I haven't had to confront roaches in my house. There was that crappy summer apartment out on the Cape, that was roach-infested enough, and I tried natural repellants to little avail, but it also wasn't MY HOUSE. I think being creeped out by a roach in your house is perfectly natural.

One thing: since you are in the south, I think you are encouraged to call the roaches palmetto bugs... it sounds less icky. That what my in-laws told us after moving to a state near you from New England. Palmetto bugs. It doesn't sound that bad, right? Palmetto bugs.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I do like the ring of "Palmetto bugs"--it sounds exotic. I think I'll institute that from now on!

I catch spiders and let them go, too. And ladybugs and fireflies, if they end up in the house.


gee's picture gee

I just love Scott. A gentle man.


BerryBird's picture BerryBird

OK, I need to retract what I said about ticks. I pulled two deer ticks off the cat yesterday, and released them to a watery grave instead of the backyard. Ticks are officially off the catch-and-release list. Carry on.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Ugh. Ticks disgust me through and through. I think we have an obligation to destroy ticks--for the sake of others!!