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Good Bug - Bad Bug
Good Bug - Bad Bug

What is the difference between a "good" bug and a "bad" bug? "Good" bugs are those which are either helpful to man or those which do no harm. "Bad" bugs are those that interfere with our lives. A good bug becomes bad only when it begins to invade our homes and bother us. Insects are good in nature and provide food for the birds.

Bees are good insects because they produce honey and help pollinate plants, but they also sting us, making them bad bugs. Butterflies are pretty when they're flying outdoors, and dragonflies are good because they eat bad bugs like mosquitoes, but both of these would be a nuisance if they were flying all over the classroom.

Termites can be bad or good. Termites are good in the forest because they eat dead wood, stumps, and fallen trees, and help it to decay. Termites are bad when they eat the wood in your house.

Cockroaches are the all time "bad" bugs, although they can be good bugs when they live outside because they can eat garbage and break down other waste materials. Some spiders eat cockroaches for food. When they get in our homes they are bad bugs because they carry diseases and filth, and are responsible for some allergies.

Rodents (rats and mice) in and around our homes are always "bad".  Rats and mice feed on garbage and trash and the fleas on the rodents can carry diseases and bacteria, which can make us sick.

Many people try to control insects in their homes by themselves, but they will probably kill only those insects they see. Many other insects may be hiding and may come out later. A professional pest control technician can kill those insects that interfere with our lives - not the good insects that provide benefits to us. They can take care of pesky bugs where they hide and at the same time, keep the insecticides away from people and pets. Problems occur when untrained people use insecticides, and a trained professional can handle and safely apply pesticides in your home.