While no self-respecting pest control specialist would ever want to talk themselves out of a job, it’s important to remember that many of the bugs we deal with every day have vital roles in maintaining the ecosystem around your home.
With Thanksgiving just weeks away, we thought it was time to be thankful and take a moment to recognize the benefits that many of these so-called “pests” bring to our yards and gardens.
We hope that you’ll have a newfound respect for many of the bugs that share your space (though hopefully, they remain outdoors rather than in).
Besides the fact that they produce honey, which has numerous health benefits, the industrious honeybee plays several other vital roles in a typical ecosystem. Honeybees, unlike wasps and hornets, provide essential pollination for many flowers and plants, and without pollination, many flowers and plants would die off entirely.
We all remember the friendly spider from Charlotte’s Web. Sure, spiders might terrify you, especially the larger and more poisonous ones like black widows. But if it weren’t for the elegant arachnid, insects would overrun the world. Spiders play a vital role in many ecosystems by simply keeping insect populations in check. Let’s also not forget that they’re capable of spinning wonderfully intricate webs.
Bats have gotten quite a bit of bad press over the last year because, as it turns out, they’re most likely the primary reservoir for the coronavirus. But they’re also the only mammal that can fly, and they’re genetically similar to humans.
They’re also one of nature’s best exterminators, helping to keep insect and small rodent populations in check. Some species have evolved to eat other pests like frogs, snakes, and fish, and they help with pollination, too.
They’re pretty to look at, but ladybugs also play a vital role in keeping specific pest populations down, most notably aphids and mealybugs. The aphids are harmful because when left unchecked, they secrete honey that can attract ants. Fortunately, ladybugs can eat thousands of aphids in a sitting.
Seen as a symbol of good luck in many cultures, dragonflies make their homes near water, and certain species migrate great distances. Dragonflies play a vital role in many different ecosystems by serving as an apex predator for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are carriers for many deadly diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue fever, and the West Nile virus.
Believe it or not, butterflies can pollinate certain species of flowers that open only during the day. Certain species of butterflies are also known to keep aphid populations down. Butterflies also serve as a vital food source for bats, spiders, and birds.
Be Thankful This Holiday Season
Bugs and other critters living in and around your home, can make anyone feel uneasy but we hope you appreciate some of the useful “pests” a little more. If you still can’t stand the thought of bugs or rodents in your home, then don’t hesitate to reach out.
Whether you’re a new or returning customer, one of our qualified and licensed technicians is ready to meet with you at your earliest convenience to come up with a reasonably-priced treatment plan for your home’s pest control problem.
We are a locally-owned and operated company that has been proudly serving homes and businesses in the greater Tampa area since 1985. If you have any questions about what you’ve read here or you’re having an insect or rodent infestation in your home, please don’t hesitate to call Impact Pest Elimination today.