Living with Nature

Living around us is an abundance of natural life.  Most of it we prefer to stay outdoors, way out, as in beyond the property line. If one is to believe in evolutionary evidence, then all life on earth is of a common origin.

Insects and animals merely comprise a different branch on our own evolutionary tree. In accepting this premise, then for us to live and cohabitate with nature is quite frankly – living with ourselves.


Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is often purchased for gardens to rid them of damaging insects.

How can we live then, with nature all around us but still keep our homes where we sleep, eat, and play safe from undesirable life such as black widow spiders, rats in the attic, and ants in our kitchen?

First, there are adjustments that need to be made. As in any relationship, even with ourselves, compromises have to be agreed upon in order for peace and harmony to prevail.

Having realistic expectations of where insects, rats, mice, gophers, and squirrels should or should not be living is an important step towards coexistence.

Keeping Homes Free of Pests

When a pest service is employed, we often think that our home will be in some sort of protective bubble and we´ll never see another ant or spider again.

Carolina Praying Mantis

The beneficial praying mantis doesn’t discriminate when it comes to eating other beneficial insects. This one is eating a honey bee.

Realistically, it´s impossible to be completely free of nature´s life forms but a maintenance plan will “maintain” your home of unwanted pests from coming indoors.

Beneficial insects also play an important role in maintaining your home and garden.

Ant Tunnel

Drawing of an ant tunnel; ants are beneficial in aerating the soil and eating decomposed matter.

Praying mantis, Lady bugs, Lacewings and Orb-weaver spiders, are just a few of the beneficial insects/spiders that are good to have around the home.

Su Casa Mi Casa

Once we can accept the fact that there will always be critters trying to share our home, we can use various methods to control them from becoming too much of a nuisance and let them live their little lives outdoors.

Consider this analogy … if you were a mouse and had the choice of accessible food and a dry warm place to sleep, or living outdoors in cold rainy weather, scavenging around for food, wouldn’t you try to come inside too?

Fancy Mice - Domesticated Pet Mice sheltered under log hollow

Domesticated pet mice.

Check with your Pest Service Representative on how to keep critters out of your home.

Maybe, just maybe, they will find instead, a burrow or someplace else warm outside – preferably way outside. …

Article by Donna M. Walker

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References for Nature Balance:

University of California Agricultural & Natural Resources, UC Riverside, IPM Online.
Farb, Peter. Ecology. New York: Time-Life Books, 1970. Print.