We’ve all seen a bug before, right? It’s almost impossible to miss ’em! Little critters like ants, cockroaches, bees, wasps, and spiders are always roaming or buzzing around near our homes. These little guys just want to live their lives, just as we do, and don’t mean any harm. So why don’t humans respect their right to live?
Insects are pretty fascinating, if you think about it! I mean, ants are not new. No, really—they’ve been running around the Earth for more than 100 million years. And did I mention that they can carry five to 20 times their bodyweight?! Whoa.
Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes and can run about 59 inches per second—proportionally, that’s three times as fast as a cheetah (and cheetahs are considered the fastest land animals in the world)!
Ants and cockroaches aren’t the only ones with fascinating capabilities. Bees can see ultraviolet light, and the males of certain spider species have even been known to pluck their webs like a guitar to attract females. How’s that for impressive?
Most people don’t want to share their homes with insects, and that’s understandable. But using cruel and toxic insecticides or traps is not the solution. Not only do these methods hurt the bugs, they also hurt humans! Poisonous insect killers are extremely toxic and can have long-term health effects. Who wants that?! The best solution is to create a home that insects won’t want to visit.
The easiest way to prevent bugs from entering your home is to keep it clean. Never leave out food, dirty dishes, etc. Bugs love to munch on even the tiniest of crumbs, so if you leave food out, they’ll come running for it.
Lucky for you, there are some human foods that bugs don’t like! Cinnamon sticks, garlic, bay leaves, and pepper flakes all make for great natural repellents. Just ask your mom or dad if you have these items in your kitchen, then put them to good use. If you still have a stray bug or two calling your house “home,” ask your parents to check out PETA’s Humane Bug Catcher at PETACatalog.com.
So you see, bugs don’t mean any harm. They just want to live a peaceful life, with yummy food and good company! Sounds a lot like what we want as humans, doesn’t it?