All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

All creatures great and small is gently recycled. Summer is coming! Do you know, yet, what you’ll do to protect your animals and home from bad bugs?

Well. It seems the homemade fly trap post yesterday struck a chord with people. It seems many of us have something in common. We hate flies. I, personally, love seeing them die a horrible drowning death.

Homemade fly trap
Yes, those are flies and watermelon. Yes, it’s disgusting. This photo was taken about 20 minutes after I set up the trap. Flies are gross.

Don’t let anyone tell you that I’m sweetness and light, full of love toward all of God’s creatures. Some have to die. As horribly and quickly as possible. Let’s make a list.

  • Flies, obviously, with their creepy little feet covered in poo and disease
  • Mosquitoes, the little blood-sucking itch factories which carry malaria and West Nile virus
  • Spiders in the house – I get that spiders are good and kill flies, but they don’t belong in my house EVER
  • Most stinging creatures, including, but not restricted to wasps, yellow jackets and sweat bees (regular bees are not included, only stinging insects which sting unprovoked)
  • Cockroaches, the nasty, flying straight at your face in the middle of the night kind – KILL THEM
  • Scorpions – raise your hand if you’ve ever opened your shower and found a scorpion on the floor?


I asked my boys to help me with this list and they heard “preachers who have to die on sight”, not creatures. I won’t share their responses.

Other Bugs I’d Like to See Die

But there are creatures I usually don’t see, initially, which harm my dogs, right? Fleas, ticks, heart worms. These also need to die. Quickly. Horribly. But without actually harming my dogs. So I do my best to prevent their existence in my home and on/in my dogs. Because once they attach themselves? Tough to get rid of without starting World War Three and dragging out the nukes.

One of the things we did which has helped with the creatures which harm our dogs has been moving away from the deep south. I kid you not. This is one of life’s great truths, I think. We can’t just keep destroying the bad things around us, whether they have six legs, four legs or two. Sometimes it’s more beneficial for all involved just to move away from the harmful creatures. So we did.

A surprised Affenpinscher
“What?!? You’re leaving me?!” No, Chewy. I said we moved. You weren’t even born yet. Calm down.

Moving Isn’t For Everyone

But what if I can’t move away? you ask. I lived in Florida for eleven long years, battling the bugs. I couldn’t keep them all out of my house. Had to learn to live with spiders on the ceiling, snakes in the living room, fleas on the cats. I used toxic drops on my pets to keep them safe. Long term benefits for a slightly shorter life span, right? I tried natural remedies, less poisonous means of killing and keeping the bugs away from the home and animals.

Smug little lamb
I never did have a problem keeping bad bugs off of lambs, though. Their cute factor seems to be a natural repellent. Hmm.

It wasn’t until we moved away from the evil bug habitat that we saw relief without toxins. Seriously, I was constantly fighting the habitat. So we lived with poison all the time, everywhere, to keep out the natural environment. All the fancy natural bug repellents and killers weren’t enough.

But you do what you have to do for the sake of your family, two legged and four legged.

See? A normal family
And it doesn’t matter how weird they are, you do whatever you need to do to keep them safe.

I’d love to hear about your battle with the bugs. Especially if you live in the deep south. How do you conscientiously keep the creatures out of your home and off of your pets without destroying your own health or theirs? Now that we live in Oklahoma, it’s easier to live without pesticides. And honestly, having chickens has made a difference. They eat the bugs! But I’d like to hear your story.


I can’t promise that Jones Natural Chews will keep the bugs away, but I can promise that your dog will love them! In fact, we’re currently hosting a giveaway of our newest treats – Chicken Feet and Duck feet. To enter to win, simply click this sentence, scroll to the bottom of the new page, click on the entry box and follow simple directions, making sure you tweet for extra points! Your dog wants these. Promise.

Spreading the good chews …


9 thoughts on “All Creatures Great and Small

  1. I have to add Africanized bees to the list. They deserve a category all their own (in my humble opinion). They are extremely aggressive and sometimes all you have to do is walk by them and they will swarm and attack. They are evil. I worked in an office years ago where they were constantly setting up shop in the building cracks. The work conditions were not pleasant when we had to sit at our desks, dodging the the bees that were coming in through the light fixtures. I always had to leave the room when that happened because I think my fear aggravated them even more. If someone was sitting outside in their car, the bees would bump repeatedly against the windshield trying to attack.

    I actually use bug spray around and in the house, year round. I’m not sold on the natural way to do things because it just isn’t as effective. I don’t like bugs in the house. Ever. I do sometimes see them, but they are usually dead and that makes me happy. I remember growing up here in Arizona and sometimes at night one of us kids would find a cricket on the wall and kill it and then leave the body smear on the wall to warn the other crickets of what would happen to them if they dared show themselves. Hehehehe, and you thought your family was odd. 😉
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  2. I lived in New Orleans for a year (LOVED IT!!!!) That city is cockroach central! We left the dirty dishes in the sink too long after dinner one night, and I walked in to see a cockroach pick up and carry off a very large kernel of corn. So gross! The roaches in NOLA were so big, you could step on them with your full weight, and when you lifted your foot, they would stretch and walk away. They were the stuff of nightmares!
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  3. Oh boy, do I hear you about bugs. I live in Florida as well. Born and raised here. I cannot WAIT to leave. I’m counting down ’til the kids are grown and we can go. I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve only had to use topical flea and tick products a few months out of the year–until this year. With more hiking comes more bugs. Don’t even get me started on the mosquitoes and how I swat at them as I am sitting at my desk INSIDE MY HOUSE during the day. :-/
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  4. We don’t have scorpions…neener neener. We do use pesticides, but sparingly. The one issue we have is at the cabin around the end of May, we have to treat for carpenter and black ants. We use a sprinkle stuff that you wet down. We apply it when we will be gone a couple of weeks. For flying things, we have a screened in porch. 🙂

    Thanks for joining the hop.
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  5. Buts aren’t just in the deep south. I actually had more problems with ticks when I lived in Kansas than when I lived in Texas. Maya and Pierson use Frontline to keep infestations away. I also have a topical spray called Buzz Guard from Earth Heart which I pray on them if we go hiking. It doesn’t kill fleas and ticks but it certainly deters them. Regarding household bugs, I’ve recently put ant bait out to kill the sugar ants that were finding their way into our food. We have no other problems indoors, but outdoors there is a problem with mosquitoes. I do not have a solution for that at this time.
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