Insects eat up more urban trash than rats do—and they’re dying out
I rarely re-blog, but this is a topic about which I feel very strongly. We may not like the look or “feel” of insects surrounding us, but they are vital to our ecological well being. At our house, we encourage outdoor insects like ants (excellent for cleaning away detritus and aerating soil), earthworms, spiders, bees, butterflies, praying mantis, ladybugs, dragonflies and related species. We need to stop the indiscriminate use of pesticides. We use Neem oil, diluted with water and aerosolized for serious problems like aphids and powdery mildew, and a simple mild organic soap, water and vinegar solution for everything else. Read this article to understand why this is so urgent.