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How Do Insects Influence The Economy? | Bee Removal Experts

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:20 am June 9, 2017

How Do Insects Influence The Economy? Bee Removal Expertsbee

Ever since bumblebee populations started to decline sharply a few years ago, there has been a lot of attention paid to how much work insects perform for humans. Many panicking CEOs scrambled to get an estimate on how much money would be lost if bumblebees were not around to pollinate crops. Without bees there would easily be billions of dollars lost. But bees are not the only insects that have an effect on the economy.

Insects are also an important food source for billions of people and animals worldwide. North American fisheries would go under since freshwater species subsist off of flies and other insects. The fishing industry is a twenty eight billion dollar industry, and this industry relies on insects for basically everything.

Even dung beetles, despite being just one type of insect, would crash the economy. This is because dung beetles move livestock feces off of farmland. If there were no dung beetles around to perform this service, the feces would fester on the land, and that would attract a multitude of pests. There would also be less land available for foraging livestock. Without dung beetles, land for grazing cattle could become unusable over time.

If bumblebees were to disappear, even if it was just a few species, the state of the economy would not be the only concern. Entire ecosystems would be destroyed along with much of the animal life living within such ecosystems. The loss of pollination alone would tank the economy and put some of the wealthiest people in the world into billions of dollars in debt.

Entomologist John Losey of Cornell University, and his colleague Mace Vaughan estimated how much money would be lost if insects disappeared. The two researchers considered four different factors. The factors involved pollinating plants, controlling pests, serving as food for wildlife and processing cattle dung. When these four different factors are taken into account, the conservative estimate as to how much money would be lost hovers at around fifty seven billion dollars. Researchers are still learning about all of the different ways that insects help humans survive.

Do you think that declining bee populations constitute a legitimate worry?

Carpenter Bees: Friend or Foe | New Jersey Bee Removal Experts

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:17 pm January 9, 2017

Many people are on the fence about whether carpenter bees are our friends or foes. Let’s face it. They do some pretty annoying stuff like drill holes in wooden structures such as fence posts or tree limbs and will sometimes pierce the corolla of a flower in order to get that sweet nectar without actually helping in the pollination process. It’s understandable that people might not be terribly fond of these guys.

However, despite their sometimes bad behavior, these bees are still very important to our eco system. While they do sometimes rob flowers of their nectar, they are still important pollinators of many native plants such as blueberries, passion fruit, and melons. One thing that most people don’t realize is that when they drill holes in wood, they are actually helping to start the break down dead limbs and logs so that the wood can decay and be recycled by nature. These bees are only a pest when they drill into wood we use for construction. But how are they supposed to know the difference? To put it simply their beneficial aspects far outweigh the negative. Let’s give these little guys a break.

Have you ever seen a carpenter bee? Did it seem like a nuisance to you?

Carlinville Is The Bee Research Capitol | New Jersey Bee Removal

Filed under: New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:31 pm January 4, 2017

If you are an expert on bees then you’ve probably already heard of Carlinville and the groundbreaking entomologist Charles Robertson. His research from over a century ago is once again catching the eye of the scientific community, as they found that in recent study of the bee population of Carlinville has declined by more than half since his groundbreaking studies of the bees in Carlinville spanning from 1887 until 1916. Numerous species have completely died off. Robertson documented the relationship between plants and their pollinators, looking at butterflies, beetles, and flies in addition to bees. He discovered hundreds of new insect species, 20 of which are named after him. Robertson helped put Carlinville on the map, playing an incredibly important figure in the area of bee research even in our own time. He really laid the foundation for all research on bees and how they interact with their environment that has been done since then. Now scientists are looking back at his research to help them understand why so many bees have disappeared since then, and possibly discover a way to save them from dying off completely.

What do you think scientists and the world need to do to save bees from extinction? How might our lives be affected by the loss of bees?