A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation confirms what scientists feared. The number of insects in the world is declining, and 40 percent of all insects could be extinct within our lifetimes. The bug population decreasing worldwide is a product of many factors, and could be catastrophic for the environment.
The effects of insects dying off can be felt immediately. As certain species have declined, some of our worst pests have prospered and thrived. If you feel like you are seeing more insects than in years past, then you have felt it. We at Eastside Exterminators can help fight your pest problems. Call us now at 425-482-2100!
Study Shows Widespread Insect Death
The article in Biological Conservation does not mince words. Bugs are dying, quickly:
Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction of 40% of the world's insect species over the next few decades. ... Concurrently, the abundance of a small number of species is increasing; these are all adaptable, generalist species that are occupying the vacant niches left by the ones declining.
The general feeling of a decrease in bugs has been around a while. In November, the New York Times Magazine published an in-depth report on the "insect apocalypse." That story showed how scientists' anecdotal evidence of seeing fewer bugs led to the first large study of declining insect populations. An "obscure German entomological society" measured the simple weight of captured bugs and the results were startling:
The German study found that, measured simply by weight, the overall abundance of flying insects in German nature reserves had decreased by 75 percent over just 27 years. If you looked at midsummer population peaks, the drop was 82 percent.
Bug Population Decreasing Worldwide
The journal article notes four major reasons for the loss of insects: pollution, habitat loss (urbanization), biological factors like disease, and climate change. Pesticide use is specifically called out as a leading problem. And while getting rid of some bugs (like mosquitoes) would be a good thing, other bugs are flourishing as their competitors die off.
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