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We get that this is a hard sell. They’re literally called pests. Our whole thing is controlling them so they’ll stay away from you. Don’t get us wrong, we understand. We don’t want pests anywhere near our homes, either. But when pests aren’t bugging you, some of them do some pretty important things. How important? How about “essential to the delicate balance of the natural world” important?! Seriously! Pests like these contribute so meaningfully to the global ecosystem that it’s hard to imagine life without them. Life generally, we mean. We’re guessing you can imagine your life without them just fine.  


bats are important bug catchersEvery night, the average bat eats almost its entire body weight’s worth of insects. Now think about how light the average insect is. That’s a lot of bugs. Even a very common, small bat like the little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour! Multiply all those insects by millions of bats, and it’s not hard to see why the only flying mammal is so important. Bat’s impressive appetites make them some of nature’s ultimate pest controllers. Bats are the number one natural force keeping thousands of insect agricultural pest species in check. Without bats, these pests would wreak havoc on agricultural industries worldwide, destroying literally billions of dollars of crops. Scientists estimate that bats are worth more than $3.7 billion a year to the US agricultural industry alone. Different bat species perform a wide range of other important natural functions, too. Fruit bats naturally pollinate huge varieties of plant life and even replenish rainforests by dispersing seeds throughout their habitats.


Spiders are nature's #1 pest controllerNotice how we said bats are “some” of nature’s ultimate pest controllers? We equivocated because of our eight-legged friends. Spiders are the ultimate pest controller in nature. If Plunkett’s was an insect, we’d be a spider. A single spider eats upwards of 2000 insects a year. If that doesn’t sound particularly impressive compared to bats, consider how many spiders exist. As generalist predators, spiders eat any insects that they can get their (many) legs on. They’re excellent at preventing all kinds of different pests from feeding on crops and other valuable natural resources. If spiders suddenly disappeared, many experts believe insects would essentially take over the world. Insect populations would rise so rapidly that entire ecosystems would collapse. Insect swarms would devour the world’s food, leaving humans everywhere to face famine. You don’t get much more important than “almost single-handedly responsible for the continued survival of the human race”. Not bad for something you can kill with a newspaper!  


Earwigs help ensure the health of ecosystems by eating burrowing pestsThis one probably seems particularly far-fetched to you. Aren’t earwigs those scary looking bugs with the pincer butts? Don’t they crawl into people’s ears?! Well, yes, they do have weird pincer butts. But no, they absolutely do not crawl into people’s ears. Earwigs are considered garden pests because they’re known to feed on the roots of garden plants. Roots and stems aren’t actually their first choice for food, however. Earwigs are actually omnivores, and they subsist primarily on harmful garden pests. Earwigs will eat aphids, mites, insect eggs, decaying matter, and other harmful material before turning on living plants. Their feeding promotes natural recycling, keeping soil healthy by breaking down dead material and driving away more harmful infestations. This benefit is even more pronounced in economic and general environmentalist terms. By preying on aphids and other burrowing, egg-laying pests, earwigs help preserve the health of entire ecosystems. And, again, they really don’t crawl in your ears. We promise.


Bees are the most important pollinator in the worldWe’ve praised the all-important bee before, but it always bears repeating. Bees are the world’s single most important pollinator. Without bees, the development of life on earth would have been drastically different. So different, in fact, that humans may never have come to exist! And we still depend on them: A single bee colony can pollinate over 300 million flowers a day. One third of all the food in the world relies on bee pollination. The busy, buzzing bugs contribute approximately 16 billion dollars to the US economy. A lot of those numbers can feel too big to comprehend, so let’s put it this way: without bees, life as we know it would end. It might not happen exactly the way it did in Bee Movie, but it’d be pretty darn close. Even if we could adapt and survive, it would mean going without almonds, coffee, apples, avocados, or onions. And ask yourself: is life really worth living without coffee?   We’re not saying you have to be SO grateful that you let these pests take up permanent residence in your home. In fact, we believe in safely and smartly moving (not killing) these these pests because we’re grateful for them. Pests like these only fulfill their proper function in their proper places. Plunkett’s is about helping them find their way back to these proper places. Taking them away from you in the meantime is a nice bonus! Next time you have a pest problem, no matter the species, severity, or damage, give Plunkett’s a call right away. Our expert pest controllers deal with your problems in the most effective and knowledgeable way possible. Just call us, and you can rest assured your pest problems are over.

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