The Bug Apocalypse


Ivan Radic

The bug apocalypse came in unnoticed. Insects have been dying at an alarming rate that is detrimental to the environment. CNN reports that scientists say 41% of insects face extinction. Habitat loss, global warming, and pesticide use, all have negatively affected bugs.  

You might think, good I don’t like bugs anyway. However, the decline of insects comes at a cost. More than half of our crops rely on insect pollinators. Without enough pollinators around, the crops will begin to fail. We could lose fruits like strawberries and tomatoes. 7.5 billion people can’t be fed without insects. 

It’s not too late to make a difference. There are many ways to help, and some that can happen right in your own backyard. Use less pesticides in your garden and lawn. Grow plants like lavender or catmint that attract pollinators. Make a bug hotel out of sticks and brush. Backyards make up more than 1 million acres of land, and if you can make it a safe environment for insects then they can do their job. Don’t wait until it is too late.