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  • Writer's pictureSherry Fyman

About to kill a bug? Doooooon't do it!

child holds BugBuster and prepares to suck up bug into the plastic vacuum tube.
The BugBuster - easy enough for a child to use!

Let's talk. Yes, I know. Most of us have a quick almost instinctive reaction to kill any insect that crawls, slithers, flies or generally crosses our paths. There's probably some perfectly good evolutionary explanation why millions of years ago killing insects was a smart thing to do. But that was then, this is now and today we recognize the role insects play in our ecosystem. #ecosystem #useofinsects #importanceofinsects

Without insects, our lives would be vastly different. Insects pollinate many of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables. We would not have much of the produce that we enjoy and rely on without insects. #insectpollination

Insects feed on a seemingly endless array of foods. Many insects are omnivorous, meaning that they can eat a variety of foods including plants, fungi, dead animals, decaying organic matter, and nearly anything they encounter in their environment. Still others are specialists in their diet, which means they may rely only on one particular plant or even one specific part of one particular plant to survive. #balanceofnature

Many insects are predatory or parasitic, either on plants or on other insects or animals, including people. Such insects are important in nature to help keep pest populations (insects or weeds) at a tolerable level. We call this the balance of nature. Predatory and parasitic insects are very valuable when they attack other animals or plants that we consider to be pests. This site will help you understand insects as predators. #insectpredators #balanceofnature #parasiticinsects

Insects are very important as primary or secondary decomposers. Without insects to help break down and dispose of wastes, dead animals and plants would accumulate in our environment and it would be messy indeed.

Ants, for example. Before you squash them, let's consider what they're doing: Ants play an important role in the environment. Ants turn and aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots. Ants take seeds down into their tunnel to eat the nutritious elaiosomes that are part of the seed. These seeds often sprout and grow new plants (seed dispersal). Read here to learn more about ants.

Or take the almost universally hated cockroach. It, too, has a surprisingly beneficial role. Cockroaches can and will eat just about anything. In your house, they can get by on soap scum and glue. Out in the wild, they can digest and break down plant materials that are otherwise inedible to most other animals. Cockroach feces plays a critical role in the nitrogen cycle in many different ecosystems -- by digesting and excreting the stuff no one else wants to eat, they deposit nitrogen back into the soil.

But still, even when we understand their place in the ecosystem, we don't want bugs in our homes. But at Sunrise Lane we have No Kill Pest Solutions. In addition to the No Kill BugBuster Insect, Spider and Bug Vacuum we also carry the Smart Mouse Trap. Most of us think of mice as nothing more than pests. And when they move into our urban kitchens and want to hang out, that's exactly what they are, but look at the bigger picture. Mice are VERY important to the environment. Mice serve as a major food source for many animals, such as birds of prey so they keep balance in the ecosystem. If mice were totally absent then other animals, such as snakes, would suffer, since birds of prey also have a tendency to eat snakes. Certain snake species might even go completely extinct! And they are important for more than just being eaten. Mice also keep in balance natural grains that may grow in an area by eating them. These grain grasses have the potential to literally grow out of control if the mice were removed. So how do you remove the mouse from where it doesn't belong? I'm glad you asked/ . The solution is the Smart Mouse Trap #nokillpestsolutions #smartmousetrap #BugBuster #insectspiderbugvacuum #balanceofnature

6" plastic no kill mouse trap.
Smart Mouse Trap - effective, safe, humane

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to catch a mouse and gently move and release it outdoors.


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