pest controlOne thing is for sure — bugs in your home are infinitely worse than bugs outside of your home. Indeed, they can also be extremely costly: termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. every year. Not to mention that they can be a nuisance and take up residence surprisingly quickly. American cockroaches can produce six to 14 egg capsules, each containing 14 to 16 eggs each, in one mating season. Bed bugs can lay one to five eggs in a day and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. For these nasty pests, it’s often reflexive for people to flip the (proverbial) phonebook to a local pest control company, but why not consider natural pest elimination instead?

And yet, insects are an essential part of our ecosystem and deserve credit for their hard work pollinating, maintaining, and preserving aspects our environment. Check out this list of indispensable, hard working critters:

Although few people seem to harbor any ill-will towards our reddish/orange spotted friends, it is still important to note that these graceful insects feed on sift-bodied insects and aphids, which can infect many plants in a manner not unlike lice for humans. Thanks, ladybugs!

Tachinid Fly
It’s a tragedy that these insects are quite often mistaken for the common house fly, since they can be very helpful in the garden. They eat tent caterpillars, cutworms, armyworms, gypsy moths, squash bugs, and other veggie eating insects.

These aptly named insects are amazing for your flower garden, as they feed on aphids, moth eggs, caterpillars, thrips, and mites

No one will blame you for calling pest control services to get some of those pesky indoor bugs out, and your pest control contractor can work with you to figure out the best and healthiest plan possible for everyone. Make a place in your heart for these harmless and beneficial creatures that are a part of the natural environment and circle of life.