Unfortunately, the negative impact of climate change, pollution, and deforestation are clearly visible in recent years. The population of various species have been declining at an alarming rate. In particular, insect populations have been decreasing faster than any other species. Insects are vital to different food webs, so a decline in insect pollutions could cause a large drop in other animal populations. Not only are insect primary food for other animals, but they are also the biggest pollinators in the world. There is a strange phenomenon called colony collapsed disorder, where honey bees are not returning to their hives, causing colonies to die out. Honey bees make up a large portion of insect pollinators, so losing bees could mean a great loss in various food sources.
Some of these crucial insect groups are populations of bees, dragonflies, ants, and beetles. A decrease in these insects may cause a large increase in pest insects such as cockroaches and houseflies. Pest species are more adaptable in warmer climates, specifically in man-made habitats. Of course, no one wants to live in an infested home, filled with cockroaches, but sadly, many of these species have evolved resistance to many different pesticides.
Society as a whole, needs to become more aware of the negative impact we are causing to the natural world around us. Factors like pesticides, deforestation, chemical pollutants, and fertilizers, have created a great loss in key insect populations. Moving forward, we need to start caring for our environment. Some ways in which we can achieve this is by buying organic food, gardening and planting trees, and buying products that do not use plastic packaging. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll see the insects we love so much back in action!