Protecting Insects

Why a Bylaw? To Protect and Restore Beneficial Insects.

Most of our vegetables, trees, and flowers rely on insects to spread pollen amongst them so they can reproduce.

Insects like ladybugs and praying mantises eat destructive insects like aphids.
For example:

- One ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.
- Dragonflies can eat 300 mosquitoes in a day.
- One lacewing larva can eat 60 aphids in an hour.

A healthy, diverse insect population keeps all insect species in balance.

Insects also provide food for birds and wildlife and help to decompose natural litter from animals and plants.

Pesticides kill these beneficial insects. Natural landscaping practices allow ladybugs, bees, butterflies, and other insects to flourish and spread more beauty and nourishment.

Experts are warning that we may be coming to a crises in our food supply with not enough pollinating insects to keep agricultural plants reproducing. City dwellers can help by having a diversity of flowering plants and trees in their yards to provide habitat and food for pollinating insects.

Click here to read an article from the Calgary Herald.

Click here
for more actions you can take to support a pesticide bylaw to protect our environment.

Click here for how to use natural landscaping practices in your yard.

"I want to live in a Calgary where we support the insects necessary to keep our ecosystem balanced and vibrant"
    -Rick Chan - 28 Years old     Click here to read Rick's story.