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wiccans and bugs
By: / Beginner
Post # 1
is it against the rede to kill bugs? there was a mosquito on my arm once and by the time I finished debating whether or not to kill it, it had taken my blood and left an itchy mark.

I try to take normal bugs (ants, pill bugs, flies, spiders) outside, but mosquitos are awful.

what are your policies, as wiccans, on killing bugs?
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Re: wiccans and bugs
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2

There is no Wiccan "policy" against killing bugs. I do it all the time.

Secondly the Wiccan Rede does not say "harm none". It says that we are free to take any actions which do not cause harm. But actions which do cause harm are entirely up to the individual Wiccan and the situation in which they find themselves.

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Re: wiccans and bugs
By: Moderator / Adept
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I consider that the natural "law" of Kill,or be Killed is a good "stand-by". But, as "supposedly" intelligent animals I would prefer humans to avoid danger whenever possible; and that a repellent is better than killing,if possible. There are insect repellents available. Sometimes it is unavoidable, and a kill is the only answer.
Only the female mosquito draws blood, and takes very little. But the danger is not the loss of blood; it is that mosquitoes carry disease, especially Malaria.
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