The best “green” action you can take for wildlife is to stop using pesticides. Think of your garden as a small ecosystem: all the living organisms exist in balance. When we introduce pesticides (chemicals designed to kill) we alter this balance in two ways:
- Pesticides often harm organisms other than those targeted and can have serious negative effects on populations of beneficial insects such as pollinators (butterflies and bees). These good insects make up the vast majority of insects and are important to the health of our gardens.
- By wiping out certain insect or weed populations with chemicals you also affect those species that depend on them for food. Butterfly populations dwindle when their food sources disappear through herbicide use. Many birds, frogs, toads, bats, and other animals depend on a good supply of insects to remain healthy. Why not allow these animals to keep your insect populations under control naturally?