Difference Between a Pest and Beneficial Insect

Pest Control KennesawSome people feel that anything that is a bug or insect is a pest. This is not true. Not all insects are pests, some are beneficial insects and include any of a number of species of insects that perform valued services like pollination and natural pest control.

The concept of beneficial arises from the outcome from a human perspective. In farming and agriculture, where the goal is to raise selected crops, insects that hinder the production process are classified as pests, while insects that assist production are considered beneficial. In gardening; pest control, habitat integration, and aesthetics are the desired outcome with beneficial insects.

Encouraging beneficial insects is actually part of the strategy of Integrated Pest Management.  A service offered by Professional Pest Control companies including Protect All Pest Control that strives to reduce reliance on chemicals in the treatment of homes and businesses.

Some of the insects that could be described as beneficial include –

Ladybugs
Most ladybug adults and larvae feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.

Spiders
All spiders feed on insects and are very important in preventing pest outbreaks.

Predatory Stink Bugs
Some predatory stink bugs keep pests in check and feed on caterpillars, sawfly larvae, and grubs.

Wasps and Honey Bees
Are both pollinators that enable increased yields of blossoms, vegetable, and fruit yields.

If you have questions regarding beneficial insects and how they affect the pest control of your home in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, or Marietta call Protect All Pest Control at 70-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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