What Makes a Bug Helpful?
Gardeners and farmers usually view insects as their enemies. This is because their experience with insects is negative and includes encounters with the infamous cutworms, cornstalk borers, army worms, potato beetles, and others. If you are struggling to name 3 helpful insects, the most common ones are eaters, pollinators and fertilizers.
The good insects, which are far more numerous than the harmful specimens, stay out of sight and out of mind, doing their jobs and providing constant nourishment and protection for all plants, whether they are garden flowers or utility crops.
Unfortunately, these beneficial insects, many of which are necessary to maintain an ecological balance, are also targeted by the pesticides used to kill the harmful bugs or prevent infestations. This leads to poorer crops, weaker plants, and disruption of the local ecological cycles. The use of such pesticides may even wipe out insect species that larger animals need to feed on.
It is important for homeowners and crop-growers alike to appreciate the jobs helpful insects do. The roles differ from area to area but the duties fall into three main categories: Insects that eat the harmful specimens and eliminate the damage they do, insects that pollinate flowers, and insects that fertilize the soil.