The Monarch Massacre: 8 Ways We Can Help (Infographic)
May 11, 2015
Did you know nearly 970 million monarch butterflies have disappeared since 1990? Through the years scientists have started noticing a horrible trend for these amazing creatures that is nothing short of a massacre to the monarch populations. Over the years homeowners and farmers have been spraying herbicides on milkweed plants, which happens to be butterflies' main source of food, nursery and home.
Each year monarch butterflies make the flight from Mexico to Canada on a spring trip that takes six generations of the insect to finish. Once there, young monarchs make the flight back through the United States and Mexico, breeding, resting, and feeding on milkweed. Today, only about 30 million monarch butterflies remain.
With over two decades of consistent destruction, Preferred Pest Control would like to highlight 8 ways we can help reverse the massacre of these amazing creatures.
1. Plant patches of milkweed in your garden. A great way to make saving the monarchs more personal is through planting milkweed in your yard or garden. No matter where you live, there will be at least one native species within your area. Not only will you feel great about how you are giving back to this amazing species, but you will be attracting monarchs to enjoy.
2. Plant milkweed at your business, local parks, schools, organizations and more. Restoring monarch populations requires a team of effort and an easy way to help and give back is through planting milkweed around your community. Enjoy this with your coworkers, family, neighbors and others by picking up milkweed seeds from local businesses in your community!
3. Donate. Another way to conserve and restore the monarch populations is through donations. Big or small, every little bit helps. There are many dedicated organizations around the U.S. focused on quality of habitat and conservation for monarchs butterflies.
4. Join the National Wildlife Federation in your state. The National Wildlife Federation is an organization focused on increasing habitat for pollinators and other species with their Certified Wildlife Habitats and Garden for Wildlife efforts. There are approximately eleven affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation who work within their state to increase these efforts. Find out if you can get involved at a local level within your state!
5. Help save grasslands. Americas native grasslands are crucial for the monarch populations survival. They offer milkweed that is necessary for monarch caterpillars as well as nectar plants for adult monarch populations. With more than 90 percent of native grasslands converted to development and cropland, these ecosystems need our help now more than ever. Discover how you can help save America's native grasslands!
6. Adopt a monarch. A fun and creative way to give back to the monarch populations is through adopting a monarch butterfly through the National Wildlife Federation. Through the purchase of one of these kits you are contributing to the efforts to recover and protect the places that sustain wildlife for monarch butterflies.
7. Stray away from pesticides that are not environment friendly. Throughout the years, pesticides that are not earth friendly have been a critical piece in killing off monarch butterfly populations. As monarch butterflies are considered insects, these pesticides will kill them. Do your part and commit to healthy practices within your lawn or garden with environment healthy options such as MotherEarth pesticides, that we use at Preferred Pest Control.
8. Awareness. The most critical part to saving the monarch butterfly species is through awareness and discussion with your family, coworkers and friends. We can be the change for this amazing species, and now is the time to take action.
When was the last time you spotted a monarch butterfly? Help us bring the species back to its once populated numbers through awareness about the need for milkweed and conservation efforts. Start today by picking up free milkweed seeds to plant in your garden from Preferred Pest Control. For further questions or insight on free milkweed seeds, call us today!