How tolerant are you of pests in your home? No, we're not talking about unannounced visits from in-laws, we're talking about mice, spiders, ants, bats, termites, fruit flies and other various vermin.
Ladybugs are considered one of the few 'cute' creatures in the insect world. They seem to make an annual appearance in my home study right around this time of year. They don't get into food and the most annoyance they present is perhaps landing on the keyboard, computer screen, or mouse while in use. Their numbers are also generally small and I know they will disappear of their own accord in a month or so if I do absolutely nothing. I can't say the same of ants as we've had repeated problems over the years with carpenter ant infestation - we generally have a 'kill on sight' policy for ants. Junior noticed last week we have a chipmunk who has made a home in our garage. I'm hoping once spring weather gets here our visitor will leave but Mrs. Maister has already started grumblings about 'getting rid of that thing before it gets inside the house'. The jury's not out on that one yet.
If you see a lone spider walking along a wall near the top of your arm's reach will you grab a newspaper or do your Buddhist impulses to live and let live prevail? What about a lightning bug? An ant? 5 ants? How about stray dogs and cats that show up in your yard? Which critters will you accept in or around your home? Which pests will you attempt to wrangle with yourself or call a pest control service to deal with?