Not All Crawly Creatures are Bad

February is all about love – so the last thing that may come to mind is crawly critters. Not for us! Though we deal in ridding places of pesky pests, Impact Pest Elimination actually loves a variety of bugs. Not all bugs are bad. In fact, several species provide great services to our environment and we’d be worse off without them. You could say we have a specific set of lovebugs that we can’t get enough of! Here are some creatures that can do much more good than harm to your property.

Bees

We’ve all heard that honeybees are important, and they are! But did you know that other types of wild bees can be just as crucial to our daily lives? Bees, traditionally honeybees, are pollinators of a variety of plants that are critical to our survival. Without bees, we would not be able to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of our or farmers’ labor each season. Additionally, honeybees produce that sweet nectar we enjoy in our teas and more.

Having bees on your property can be a great benefit. However, some bees are more harmful to properties than others. For example, carpenter bees build their homes in deep burrows within wooden structures which can eventually compromise them. At the same time, carpenter bees are also great pollinators. To keep these bees in harmony on your property and out of your structures, make sure all the wood you want to protect is stained or finished appropriately and provide alternative housing.

Ladybugs

We’ve all been through ladybug season. These cute little creatures seem to be everywhere. During warm months they can be found outside in abundance and when the weather turns colder, they seek shelter indoors. While it may be alarming to see so many inside your doors, don’t panic. Ladybugs actually do a lot of good. They’re a gardener’s best friend, ridding your flowers, shrubs, and trees of insects that cause damage. This also translates to indoor plants, too. Ladybugs feed on aphids that can sometimes destroy house plants (and ones outside of course). During the winter, they’ll hang out in your home, protecting your plants, then when spring rolls around the ones that survive head back outside to help the garden. Some cultures also believe that their presence is good luck. So, the next time you see one or a dozen, don’t panic and enjoy the company.

Fireflies

These beautiful bugs are a staple of summer, sparkling through fields and yards all season. Of all the bugs that one can think of, fireflies are surely the most appreciated and for good reason. Not only are they a charming and spectacular sight, but they can actually save lives. There are two chemicals found in their tails that are used in the medical field. These chemicals – luciferase and luciferin – glow when ATP is around. While every animal has ATP in its cells, diseased cells may show an abnormal amount. When these chemicals are put into diseased cells, they can show doctors any changes in a variety of diseases including cancer. Pretty impressive for something you thought just put on a show in the summertime, right?

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are another great garden helper. These elegant creatures are more than just interesting to watch. In fact, dragonflies are hunters and their precision and speed come in handy when searching for prey. This useful bug dines on one of the most annoying warm-weather insects – mosquitoes. They also enjoy moths, butterflies, smaller dragonflies, and other flying insects as well. If you have small backyard ponds or pools, dragonflies will seek out these preferable spots to colonize. The best part about that is that they’ll keep these standing bodies of water clear of mosquitos while they’re there.

Butterflies

Butterflies offer much more beyond their natural beauty. If you see butterflies around your property, that means you have a healthy environment and ecosystem. Areas where butterflies congregate are typically stable environments where they can pollinate and thrive. Aside from being natural pest controllers, butterflies also serve an important role on the food chain as birds, bats, and other creatures feed on them. Just like bees, butterflies are great pollinators, though a bit less efficient than their buzzing compatriots. They specifically focus on flowers that have a strong scent or are yellow or red in color. Butterflies feed on nectar, so flowers that produce a lot of it are their favorites. As they feed on a flower, pollen attaches to their bodies which they carry on to the next flower. Let’s be honest, they’re also just really pretty and add a whimsical element to any outdoor space.

Impact Pest Elimination

While we’ve highlighted some of the most popular bugs in the insect world, we know that not all of them are as lovable or as desired. If you’ve found yourself in need of any sort of pest control, we can help. Contact Impact Pest Elimination today for a free quote of service.