Who is afraid of spiders? Who gets freaked out when they see a cockroach?
I thought you might like to know what it is like from their perspective, as well as some possible solutions to allay some fears and situations.
Try to imagine what the land was like before your house was built on it. There was an entire ecosystem going on, teeming not only with animals and plants, but an amazingly intricate world of insects. All of these organisms, were there way before we were.
Let us just concentrate on the insects for now. Did you know that we cannot survive without insects, but insects can live without us? If there were no insects animals like frogs, lizards, spiders and birds to name a few wouldn’t survive, because they rely on them for food. If these particular animals wouldn’t survive then neither would the ones that relied on them for food and so on. Effectively that would knock out every living thing until it made its way up the food chain to us. It is a very intricate system. We have to face the fact that insects are the basis to life. Sadly most people don’t give them much thought.
Insects pollinate plants, facilitating agriculture, aid in decomposition and break down animal waste which consequently is a key part of biodiversity. Humans think of themselves as the planet’s predominant life form but without these organisms we are pretty vulnerable and wouldn’t exist. Is that a scary thought? That your life depends on an insect. What will be going through your head next time you squish, squash or swat one of them? That you just put a nail in your own coffin? I know many of you will say that there are millions of insects, the few I kill won’t make much of a dent. I guess that is what many people thought about the animals they killed that are now extinct.
So all in all, maybe we need to change our attitude about insects. Let’s take a closer look at spiders without thinking yuk or OMG. You know that without spiders we would be overrun with many insects such as mosquitoes. They actually do us a big favour. What is it about spiders that send us into hysteria and fear. Very few are poisonous and actually kill us. Look at their size and then look at ours. They are not the enemy, are we really so afraid of them? You do know that they don’t set out everyday to stalk you and put the fear of god in you? They are just going about their business. They are inside your house because land is getting scarce, due to human development. Sometimes they need shelter for themselves or their young. Wouldn’t you do the same thing? They are just exploring what is in the landscape which is now a whole lot of man-made buildings.
I want to share a story with you. I was at a retreat and we were getting settled in our rooms when I heard a woman screaming. This was a blood curdling scream, and thought she was being murdered. I immediately ran to her aid to find her absolutely hysterical and stamping her feet. She was pointing in the corner of the room at this rather small cockroach. I told her to leave the room and I would take care of it. I communicated with this cockroach and he said he was terrified. He thought the lady was going to stamp on him so took refuge in the corner of the room. I told him that I was here to rescue him. Yes that is right, rescue the cockroach not the lady. Did the lady really need rescuing? Maybe from herself! I told the cockroach to try to relax and I took deep breaths with him and asked him to get on my hand. After a minute or so he got onto my hand and I took him out into the garden. He was so relieved to be back outside. He had only come in hoping to find some food but thought it wasn’t worth it. So you see who scared WHO?
Many years ago I took a zoology subject at university and had to research insects. This is going to surprise you because it certainly surprised me. We had to sprinkle talcum powder over a live cockroach until it was fully covered and sat it in a shallow dish. That cockroach groomed itself over and over again, until it was squeaky clean. You see cockroaches hate to be dirty, which blows the theory that they are filthy. They spend a lot of time cleaning themselves like a cat. They can transmit germs on their legs but if you have a clean house then your cockroaches will be clean. So keep your house clean if you are worried about germs.
Another story. At the back of our pool is a wall concealing the plumbing and pool equipment. I need to frequently go behind their as you can imagine. This spider had set up her web right at the entrance to the equipment. For a few days I crawled underneath her so not to disturb her. However even though my husband respects them he may forget she is there and walk through her web, or a repair man do the same. I explained the situation to her telepathically(spoke with my mind to her) and asked her to move somewhere it was safer. Next day when I cam out to investigate she had packed up her web and moved much further down where no one will disturb her. There was a wonderful mutual exchange of gratitude between us. Spiders are so amazing have you ever examined there web? So intricate so amazing. You know that it takes hours to set up their home which is also their food catcher. If you walk through it, it is destroyed in seconds and they have to start again. A bit like you have just finished washing the floors and your family walks in with muddy feet with little regard. Frustrating!