The use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers has had a detrimental effect on insect populations around the globe. These chemicals used for saving the crops end up contaminating water sources used by insects in the region. As a result, it has caused a steady decline in insect populations and has even caused many insect species to go extinct. A 2019 report by the South West Wildlife Trusts suggests that nearly 41% of the known insect species around the world are facing extinction.
Insects form an important part of the planet’s ecological system. It is important that we act now to reduce the negative impact on insects and help them thrive once again. If you live in an urban area then you can play a part in averting the insect apocalypse too. Here are 5 things you can do to reduce stress on insects and help protect them.
Use your balcony lights only when needed
Your balcony lights may disrupt the natural breeding cycles for moths and glow worms. Avoid keeping the lights on for the whole time. Switch on the lights only when needed to help insects thrive without being disturbed by the glare of the light.
Organic farms do not use chemicals in the form of pesticides and insecticides. This makes them better for insects and helps maintain the insect population in such regions. You can make a difference by buying organic foods. Local farmer’s markets are a great place for such foods.
Create a green space in your balcony
A small garden in your balcony can help insects in the region. If you do not have a balcony then you can utilize the windowsill for growing potted plants. Plants in your front door can also help insects. Any effort made towards adding plants and flowers around your home will help the insects thrive. You can even create a small kitchen garden using potted herbs for your kitchen. It serves the dual purpose of providing fresh and organic herbs for your kitchen and a healthy space for insects.
Help them stay hydrated
Just like the birds, insects also need access to water. Dirty water can also cause diseases and may affect colonies of insects like honeybees. You can provide fresh water in a small tray or bowl. Remember to add lots of floaters like sticks and stones. The insects will be able to rest of these floaters while drinking water. This prevents drowning of the insects.
Make a home for the bees
Many urban residents have taken up beekeeping to improve the dwindling honeybee populations. You can start beekeeping as a hobby to help these friendly pollinators. Bee homes can be bought from beekeeping stores. Alternatively, you can support organic beekeeping and buy local honey to support the beekeepers.
At animal club, we regularly talk about beekeeping and other conservation efforts aimed towards protecting insects. We can conduct such sessions during our animal handling workshops or animal school visit. You can also use an animal party to spread awareness about animals and help protect insects and wildlife. In addition to animal parties and animal workshop we also have people regularly visiting us to explore the different animals we have. Every animal has its unique nature and may act differently with different people. We aim to increase awareness among people about animals and the role they play in our survival. To do this, we educate people about animal conservation and how they can make a difference when it comes to protecting animals.