Be Nice to Bugs!

Did you know there are 1.4 billion insects per person on this planet and according to Nat Geo, we need all of them?

Yes, bugs are annoying. The buzzing annoys your ears, their bites itch, and sometimes they sting you and you really wanna smack ’em, but we need bugs more than we often realize. Also, what’s the sense in killing them when there’s another creature out there that relies on them for meals? Fish, birds and other wildlife rely on insects for food. It’s the circle of life.

Also, without insects to breakdown and dispose of waste, dead animals and plants would accumulate and that would become overwhelming (and smelly). David McNeal, author of Bugged: The Insects That Ruled The World and the People Obsessed With Them, even refers to bugs as an invisible force that’s keeping the world running.

You know those really popular orange and black butterflies? I remember seeing them a lot more when I was a child. They’re called monarch butterflies and are endangered. A billion of these insects could be seen migrating to Mexico during colder months around 20 years ago. Today, you will see about 60 million of them. That’s a huge decline. The Obama Administration, working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, planted milkweed along the migration highway running from Texas to Minnesota in hopes of quadrupling the population by 2020. There hasn’t been much change in the population of monarch butterflies, but you can do the same in your garden to attract these beautiful creatures. However, be careful if you have cats, dogs or horses. This plant is harmful to those species.

Another insect, probably the most commonly known to be endangered, are bees. Bees are responsible for a lot of the food we eat, including watermelon and almonds.

Traditional agricultural practices are being replaced by industrial practices and grasslands are being wiped out to make space for factories. This means fewer flowers which means fewer bees. We can plant more flowers to help out the bees, which will in turn help flowers and other plants, humans and other species. We can also help support small apiaries that fight to keep bee populations alive. Another way to help bees, as well as other insects, is to stop using harmful pesticides or use natural sprays to protect your plants that won’t harm insects. If you have your own garden, look into pesticide-free gardening.

Related Books & Articles:

Without Bugs We May All Be Dead:

Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart

Can you imagine life without watermelon or almond milk? I don’t want to! Let me know how you care for bugs and the environment in the comments!

– Karyn


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