There are some insects that you want to have around. And butterflies are at the top of the list of good insects. Not only are they fun and beautiful to watch, but they’re also quite helpful to the ecosystem. Like bees, birds, and bats, butterflies are natural pollinators, meaning they help plants reproduce.
With more people spending more time at home during the dog days of summer, having a backyard is a major premium. Plenty of people will grab a kiddie pool (whether they have kids or not) just to dip their feet in and kick back with a cold one.
While we like to talk about insects that are mean, dangerous, or destructive (and how to get rid of them), there’s one insect that homeowners often want to attract. We’re talking about butterflies, of course. You may be surprised to learn that there are more than 150 species of butterflies in Maryland! They are quite beautiful, but are butterflies only something pretty to look at, or do they play a role in our ecosystem? And are there any dangerous species?
Now that the weather’s finally getting a little nicer, many of us like to spend the sunny days digging in the garden. Whether you enjoy planting vegetables, flowers, bushes or trees, you’re bound to come across some insects. When that happens, it’s common to want to get all insects out of our gardens.
Bats are helpful and friendly creatures. Eradicating bats from your house and placing a bat house in your backyard will offer you all the benefits that bats have to offer and give bats a safe, secure place to live all while circumventing the disadvantages that come with them.