Natural Pest Control

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Re: Natural Pest Control

Post by TRobinson465 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:32 pm

Yeah i think keeping the first precept is quite hard in all circumstances. I once had an infestation of bugs (i dont remember what they were called) in my house and they just kept multiplying. Larvae would fall from the ceiling and grain in my house would be full of them. I literally had no choice but to set traps that would kill them before they just took over my house. i tried collected the larvae and just putting them outside but there was no reasonable way i could get rid of them without killing them. and better kill them sooner rather than later so the headcount wouldnt be too high as they multiplied quickly.
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Re: Natural Pest Control

Post by cookiemonster » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:48 pm

TRobinson465 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:19 am
Hello all,

A friend of mine asked a very interesting question and I wasn't sure about the answer.

The question is, is using a natural predator as a form of pest control an act of killing? For instance buying ladybugs for your garden, buying a carnivorous plant for your home, etc. I remember some stories in the Pali canon where people would tie cats with leashes to barrels to protect their food from rats. Do these acts count as bad kamma in any way?
We reap negative kamma-vipaka by killing insects/animals, but the vipaka is of a minor grade. IMO specifically & only killing invasive insects possesses even less bad kamma-vipaka, especially when balanced out with positive kamma-vipaka - for example, when one is attempting to preserve health and the ability to practice Dhamma for one's family. Obviously, it is best if one can avoid doing it at all.

In the patimokkha, killing insects/animals is only described as a pacittiya (minor) offense for killing insects/animals (#61): ... l#pc-part7 ... on par with digging soil (#10), damaging a living plant (#11), causing frustration (#12), bathing more than twice a month (#57), or having an inappropriately sized sitting cloth (#89)

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Re: Natural Pest Control

Post by Digity » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:46 pm

The best thing to do with bugs is try to prevent them from getting in in the first place. Those carpenter ants got into my house through a hole in the outside wall. When I found that I sealed it up. So, look around your house and seal up any holes, etc. where they might be able to get in.

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Re: Natural Pest Control

Post by gathe1951 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:21 pm

Natural pest management is a method of controlling pests without using chemicals. Rather different creepy crawlies, winged creatures, plants or mechanical strategies are utilized. In spite of the that they expel the vermin, they additionally slaughter huge members of the bugs that are helpful to the product.

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