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01/11/12

When bugs invade our home or personal space we often wonder, what the heck is the purpose of this bug? Although not good to have in our homes, the pests we may find do have a purpose in nature. The creepy, scary, buzzing and just plain annoying bugs do in fact benefit us and our planet in some way or another. Now, there’s no need to welcome these pests into your Alexandria, Bettendorf, or Minneapolis home, but at least you can better understand what benefits they serve outside of their role as pests.

The Honeybee

We all love the sweet taste of honey and that is thanks to the honeybee. These bees spend their days pollinating plants and flowers and producing honey. Some bees are even used to help pollinate commercial crops. So despite the eerie buzz of a bee, life would just not be as sweet without them.

Mites

There are many different species of mites and although they seem to cause more problems than not, there is a type of mite known to help age cheese. It is not the regular house dust mite that we are most familiar with; those remain the culprit of allergies for many. But there are actually cheese mites that contribute to the flavor and the look of cheese. Different species of mites are used for different flavors of cheese to give it a distinct flavor and appearance.

Fruit Flies

Now on to the fruit bowl where we are likely to find a few, or many fruit flies swarming around. Although very unpleasant to have them laying eggs and indulging in our fruit and wine, fruit flies are being studied for their possible benefits. One of these benefits has made winemakers lives a little easier. Usually a pest to wine, some winemakers have actually used fruit flies to help spread yeast spores to grapes and thus make fermentation possible. So the very fly that snuck into your bottle of wine at home may have also helped to make it. It’s hard to believe that certain bugs and insects that can be such a nuisance in our home can also be a huge benefit in other ways. To the residents in Minneapolis and Plunkett’s other pest control service areas, we wouldn’t suggest you use any pests to help make cheese and wine. Pests still serve as a nuisance and some may bring about health risks when in your home. If you are concerned about insects and rodents in your home, ask Dr. Cannon about your pest problem or contact the pest control experts at Plunkett’s today for help treating infestations in your home.


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