This is a good thread. I'm reluctant to weigh in, not being really Buddhist, though many of the tenets I hold as a Hindu-cum-Buddhist are not dissimilar. My take on ahimsa towards bugs is a little different; I apologize in advance if some people are offended. So I'll get that out of the way...
I will not kill spiders or waterbugs, (as we call them, they are small beetles); I will not kill wasps or hornets, dangerous as they can be to some people (anaphylactic shock comes to mind), but will attempt to relocate them by removing the nest and placing it somewhere else. Roaches, which I am happy to say I have never experienced in any of my homes, are a different matter, as are the common house centipede and termites. They do carry disease and will foul food stuffs; termites will literally destroy your home. They cannot be lured away. In that case, I'm sorry to say, a call to Terminix is in order, imo.
However, I had a female racoon invade my attic to birth and raise a litter of kits. The damage she did to my ductwork and structure was not to be believed. People told me to set out poison traps, put poison in the attic, etc. I said I most certainly will not! I borrowed my neighbor's Hav-A-Hart trap (took me days to trap the family) and relocated the mother and babies far enough that they wouldn't make this area their home territory (males can range 5 miles, females 1 mile). I actually trapped and relocated a few more who seemed ready to move in.
As to discussing my religious beliefs, I don't, if at all possible. I do have deity pictures on my desk at work, but they are for me, no one else. If someone asks what they are, as two people did, I responded differently. Response #1 was to my boss and friend of 27 years. Suffice to say he said "gee, we could use some more of their help around here". To the other person, who is a busybody and would broadcast all over the company, I said nothing, ignoring the question.
While strangers and acquaintances may not understand
my religious "eccentricities", the will respect
them. My family is an altogether different matter. Being Roman-Catholic-When-Necessary, all I can look forward to is mockery. This won't be a Buddhist story (well, the word did come up), but as I was relating the story of Narasimha (an avatar of Vishnu) and Hiranyakashipu to my neice's husband, a big (I do mean big) good ol' boy long haul trucker, he sat with his hands in his chin in rapt attention
finally saying, "wow, that
His wife, my niece, said "wait, are you a Buddhist or something?" I said no, Hindu.
I got a "well, whatever, you're
anyway". I got the same reaction from the rest of my family.