Chesnut Hill, MA - What are pests? Think of them as animals out of place. Out in nature, they're just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes, yards, and businesses then we call them pests. Ironically beneficial insects can also be pests. For example, termites are good for the environment because they help decompose fallen trees in the forest thus providing nutrients for other trees, plants, and flowers. However in our property they damage structures. Honey Bees are are about as good as it gets for being a beneficial insect by pollenating flowers and adding tremendous revenue to our economy with the honey and wax they produce. However on our property when on our property they can cause injury or even death (anaphalactic shock) from their stings. It is estimated that there are over 10,000,000 insect species in the world, and 73,000 of them are in the U.S. There are 16 times more insect species than plant species. The total weight of termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world. The moral of the story? We are out numbered! It is just a matter of time before insects become a part of our lives by getting into our homes and businesses or we encroach upon them by building on top of them.