Insects in the Urban Environment
Insects play an intricate role in ecosystems across the world. What is the difference between beneficial insects and those considered to be "pests"?
The food web is largely impacted by insects. Most insects are beneficial and prey on "pests." They decompose organic matter and pollinate trees and plants, which is vital to their survival.
Pests can also serve an important role in ecosystems. They consume weakening plants. An insect is classified as a pest or beneficial insect, depending on how it affects our human interests.
While bolstering the existence of natural enemies can combat pests, there are times when pesticides should be used. It is important not to have a counterproductive effect on natural enemies when using pesticides. We at Asheville Arborists use pesticides when absolutely necessary and with great caution to preserve our environment.