Pests That Can Be Beneficial

By Drazen D

Pests are almost always seen as a nuisance that nobody wants to see in or around their home. It is very rare for someone to regard pests as being beneficial to their home or life in any way.

The reality is that there are some pests out there that can provide more benefit to society than the harm that they can do to you or your home. Some of the benefits that these pests provide are eating other pests in your home, eating decaying organic matter around your home and pollinating our food supply.

This article explores pests that are often regarded as a nuisance to have in and around your home, but can provide a benefit to your home or society as a whole. If you are unsure about the dangers that a pest you find in your home presents, contact a professional pest control company such as Pestend Mississauga at www.pestendmississauga.ca to get more info.

House Centipede

Probably one of the creepiest pests to find in your home, centipedes are long and skinny insects with 15 pairs of legs along their entire body. They sneak around your home at night and when disturbed can vanish quickly with their high speed movements.

centipede

It can be disturbing to see a centipede because of their creepy appearance but the reality is that the centipedes in Canada can not cause any significant harm. Some larger centipedes can bite you but the effects are less than that of a bee sting.

What benefits do centipedes offer?

The house centipede is considered to be one of the most beneficial pests that you can have in your home. Sure they may be hideous, but chances of seeing them are small considering that they hide in dark and damp places.

Centipedes are fierce predators who feed on other large insects. Some of the insects that they feed on which can be found in your home are cockroaches, moths and spiders. Although they are considered a nuisance to have in your home, they can actually be very beneficial in keeping other pests at bay.

Spiders

Most people regard spiders as creepy crawlers that can bite you if threatened. Luckily most spiders in Canada can not cause any harm to you or your family. They are usually too small to penetrate your skin with their fangs, and even if they can bite you, the effects are minimal with most Canadian spiders. There are some spiders in Canada, such as the black widow, that can cause significant harm to you, however, these more dangerous spiders are rare to see in urban areas.

spider hunting

What benefits can spiders offer?

Spiders, similar to centipedes, are considered to be the ultimate insect predator. They feed on just about every insect that you would find in and around your home. They build webs in areas of your home to catch flying insects and do a very good job at catching them while also creeping around damp and dark places in your home hunting other insects that you may not even know about.

It is rare that a spider in Canada would deliberately try to attack you unless if they feel threatened. Their main priority is to eat other insects which is a benefit for you to keep other pests in your home to a minimum.

Earwigs

Another creepy looking pest that is common in and around Canadian households is the earwig. They have long flat bodies with two pincers attached to the end of their body. Although these pincers look like they can do harm to you, it is very rare that an earwig would use these in defence against humans.

earwigs close-up

There is an ongoing myth about earwigs that has been circulating for hundreds of years stating that they can crawl into your ears at night and lay eggs in your brain. This myth is completely false as that would be a terrible place for any insect to lay their eggs.

What benefits can earwigs offer?

The largest part of an earwigs diet is decaying organic matter, leaves and blossoms of plants and vegetables. An earwigs diet also has a carnivorous aspect to it making them predators to other insects that you can find around your home. They feed on other insect larvae, slug eggs, garden pests, and sometimes even each other. So although they may not be very appealing to see, they can help out around the home by cleaning up decaying organic matter and eating other insect eggs keeping your pest population low.

Honey Bees

Unless you have an allergy to bee stings, you should not be too concerned about having bees near your home. The honey bee species that we find in Canada are not very aggressive and will only sting you if they feel that their life or the well being of their hive is in danger. The sting can pack a powerful punch but the pain fades fairly quickly.

When a bee stings you, a piece of their abdomen gets torn out of their body causing them to die. So if you think about it, a bee does not have any intention to sting you unless it feels that it must do so as a last resort.

honey bee pollinating

What benefit can honey bees offer?

Honey bees are probably the most beneficial insect to man kind. Without them we would be in serious trouble with a lot of our food production. When bees are collecting nectar from various plants to take back to their hive, they are unknowingly picking up pollen from these plants on their body. As they traverse other plants, the pollen that they previously picked up gets dispersed and allows for plants to reproduce. This process is known as pollination and is critical to the survival of approximately one third of all the food we grow. Without bees we would lose a large portion of our food crops which would have disastrous effects on the human population.

Aside from being a huge benefit to our existence on this planet, honey bees also provide one of the most delicious and nutritious sweets known to us; Honey. Although they can sting you in rare cases, the benefits they offer are enormous to us.

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