Insects have a hugely beneficial service to humans, ranking in billions of dollars annually in agriculture stemming from free pollination to actual pest control of crops. This doesn’t even include the billions invested into the economy for the pest control industry itself, in urban environments. Our need for insects and our need to get rid of them is a huge and integral part of the American economy and is largely dependent on the scale of how you see them.
For instance, in the home; many insect species are indeed pests and need to be treated. On the other hand; at a larger scale; many insects have huge beneficial services they give to humanity free of charge. These include agriculture services (everything pollinates from Flies, Wasps, Butterflies, and Bees), to pest control, disease prevention, and huge advances in medicine/military technologies/computing/etc.
In fact, many military techs, computer systems, models, and medicines have been based on studying many social insects and their anatomies and biology.
Some things truly terrify me. One of them is the thought of something like one day all the spiders dying out. I know that is the dream of many Arachnophobes in the world, but the resulting nightmare in a world without spiders is much more terrifying. There is a lot of great literature and studies on the impact spiders have. For instance, the number of flies and other winged insects one spider can consume in its lifetime matched with how many spiders there are in the world (a crazy number), is far outmatched by the numbers of what they eat. You would see disease and petulance pop up in the resulting effects of the biblical numbers of flies that would appear within weeks of all Spiders disappearing.
So when you groan every time you see a spider, have to load up on Citronella candles in Spring, and buy DEET by the gallon in Summer. Know that a lot of things you enjoy come from many of the insects which may be pests at the scale of your house, but on the nationwide level are integral to how we and the economy function on many levels. The fruit you eat, the social media you use, and even some medicines, all partly came from insects in one way or another.
You should still treat your home when the need arises. While insects on a larger scale are amazing, the ones in your home in the greater scheme of things are not AS beneficial. A spider in your children’s room, ants in the pantry, and wasps in the eves; are much less appreciated.Tags: ants, centipedes, cockroaches, commercial pest control, earwigs, eco-friendly, fleas, Fort MIll SC, hornets, millipedes, mosquito control, mosquitoes, pest, pest control, pest control fort mill sc, pest control rock hill sc, residential pest control, Rock HIll SC, rodent control, rodents, silverfish, spiders, Tega Cay, ticks, wasps