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"that's the end of him". I was curious and asked why she thought vacuuming (is that a word?)a large bug would kill it. She thought some king of electrostatic shock in the bag or somesuch would zap him. I'm not so sure and disagreed. We have one of those older model vacuums with a disposable bag.

So, does the vacuum kill the bug or not?
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I think some insects fare better being vacuumed than others, but it is a fairly violent process. My expectation is that an insect with large surface area such as a moth or butterfly would have little chance while an insect with a smaller surface area and tough exoskeleton would have a better chance of surviving the vacuuming process.
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Nope. Bugs survive vacuuming in general, and may even crawl out again when you turn it off.

Why the hell would vacuum manufacturers put a device in there to give electrostatic shocks? Think of the customer complaints!
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That sounds like a horror movie plot.
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Most bugs have evolved to survive a nuclear holocaust, so a vacuum cleaner shouldn't present a problem.
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Vacuuming is the only way to get stink bugs (Euschistus servus) out of the house. Here in central VA, I get about fifty to sixty every other day. After vacuuming they are still alive, but emptying the canister into soapy water will kill the bastards.
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Maybe she meant the end of his existence as a non rent paying inhabitant of your house.
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cooler king wrote:
Vacuuming is the only way to get stink bugs (Euschistus servus) out of the house. Here in central VA, I get about fifty to sixty every other day. After vacuuming they are still alive, but emptying the canister into soapy water will kill the bastards.


I was killing 50-60 a day in Delaware. When we moved to Michigan, I thought I had left them forever.

Nope - they're beginning to make their presence known.
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Unless my husband is around, spiders will be in sucked into the vacuum. They will remain spinning in there a good 10 minutes or until I feel they are immobilized, and can no longer call upon their brethren to save them.
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Heliconia wrote:

So, does the vacuum kill the bug or not?


No. They're pretty much like MacGyver...

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Did you open up the vacuum bag to show her the living bug?
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If you want to help them die, buy a flea collar and cut it into pieces, putting a small piece into the bag or canister. That's what we did to keep the flea population in check when we had a dog, but it works on other things (I sucked up a huge wasp one day, waited a bit, took out the canister and found one DOA wasp).
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My wife sucked up ants in our vacuum, later that day she saw them crawling back out.
I came home and asked "why is the vacuum on the porch?"
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I feel like the vacuum is just a bandaid solution and does not address the root problems of joblessness amongst young spiders, rising spider debt, limited access for spiders to affordable education and health care, diminishing mental health resources for spiders, and the widening economic gap between arachnids and humans.
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Vacuuming a bug into an area free of predators, plenty of room to nest with lots of bits to eat?


A vacuum bag is a bug paradise.


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