“Useful” insects are undergoing dramatic rates of decline

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Recent studies show that 40% of insect species are undergoing dramatic rates of decline around the world. One-third of insect species are classed as endangered.

Bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.

This is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change.

“Useful” insects provide key benefits. They provide food for birds, bats and small mammals; they pollinate around 75% of the crops in the world; they replenish soils and keep pest numbers in check.

At the same time, pests insects, which are tougher and adaptable – like houseflies and cockroaches – are likely to rise and spread as they are more resistant.

What can we do about it? Check our tips on how to reduce the amount of pesticides in agriculture. Easy!

Source: BBC Nes

Author: easyecotips

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