Learn how to be comfortable with limatik so you don’t harm them.
Leave No Trace principle #6 is RESPECT WILDLIFE, which covers the ever small but fearsome limatik, a ubiquitous habitue in upper, moist part of Philippine mountains.
You don’t harm or kill them when they land on you. Remember we are visitors in their territory, hence we are the intruder. ‘Kaw kya pitikin, buhusan ng alcohol, sunugin ng apoy, o patayin sa sarili mong lugar.
If it lands on you, relax and do not panic. They are harmless. But your mindless action would harm it.
How to remove:
1. [If still moving and crawling]: Scrape with a flat, sturdy material such as an ATM/credit/MRT card, driver's license, etc.
2. [If it has already bitten you]: Leave it. It will detach when done/full.
How to prevent:
To prevent getting into your eyes/ears:
1. Do frequent check with your climb buddy.
2. Apply any repellant on your skin prior to finding yourself in a limatik area.
If you have problem with limatik, do not go where they exist. Accept and embrace limatik as part of mountaineering.
Otherwise, stay home.
1 - REFUSE anything that would eventually become trash
a. Avoid wrappers for your purchases if you can carry them with your hands or put directly into your bag
b. For take outs, bring your own reusable containers
c. Do you need to buy water in disposable bottles. Have a BYO mindset.
2 - REDUCE if you are unable to refuse
a. Dine in or take out?
3 - REUSE what you already have
a. Go for rechargeable batteries
b. Traditional hanky vs tissue paper
c. Reusable table place mat vs paper place mat
4 - REPURPOSE your trash to find alternative uses (no modification required)
a. Use loaf bread plastic and old ice cream/biscuit containers for other uses
b. Use old newspapers as wrapper, including gifts
c. Use old socks as rags/mops
5 - RECYCLE to give your trash another life (modification may be employed or required)
\... To be continued