Have you noticed a sudden dearth of small creepy crawlers around your home last year and this year?Gottam60 - 6 Answers
Replying again as requested. Thanks for the update. OK, there are two issues at hand here. One is the question of whether or not there are less bugs or insects around. It would be great to have a scientific study look into that.
The second issue, for me, concerns the reliability or reputability of the article you gave. I'm not saying we should never listen to what it's saying - it may even be right - but it seems to be way more opinion-based than fact-based. Because of this, I simply can't put very much weight on it myself. In other words, I can say to myself "Yes, that's one theory and one possibility. It could possibly even be right. I can be open-minded about it, but I can't actually agree with it, because it's not based on hard facts or scientific data, as far as I can see".
I did try to track down some sources that I view as being impartial and reputable (I realize that is a little subjective, but I guess by that I mean something more than just someone talking about their pet theory). I didn't really find a whole lot to indicate a) whether or not there is a real dearth of insects, or b) if so what caused it.
The closest thing that I could find was this article in Entomology Today: http://entomologytoday.org/2014/01/13/falling-temperatures-do-not-nece ssarily-mean-fewer-insects/
but this doesn't really cover the exact question you were asking.
Basically, I like your question and think it is a good one. But the reference you have given does not really seem to be something unbiased. It seems to be just someone proposing their particular theory, without any independent verification. Please note the distinction: I'm not trying to say that I repudiate everything they are saying. What I am saying is that I don't see this article to be a reliable enough source for me to pay any attention to it, beyond noting it as one of many possible theories that someone could come up with.
I live out in farm country in Ohio. I have not noticed a dearth of "creepy crawlers" here at all. While it is true that farm pesticides kill off a lot of insects, the average person doesn't come into contact with many of those bugs and other creepy crawlers anyway. I think it's really a factor of where you live and what sorts of pesticides they use in and around your area to treat crops and/or to keep the bug population down.
Last year, we had ladybugs galore in the house to contend with. It's already starting this year. Spiders of several varieties were in abundance then too and I've seen some already this spring. I've also already seen mosquitoes this year and it really just started getting warm and raining instead of snowing. I have a wasp nest I'm going to have to contend with on my property as well.
As for birds, where there are insects, there are birds and we have plenty of those around. I'm listing to a flock of them chirping away in my Japanese pear tree outside my living room right now. As the tree fills in over the course of the spring, we'll see a dozen or more birds at a time in and out of it. It's great "cover" for them. All over our little town, the birds are coming back in abundance.
Now I certainly realize that my little corner of the world doesn't speak to what may be happening elsewhere on the planet. My point is that all seems to be well here. I moved here from over an hour away last year. I noticed no dearth of insects or birds around my former home either other than mosquito which the city was diligent in spraying for. That city was also fighting an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer and was taking down trees because of an over abundance of those bugs.
Additional data adding to my question and increasing the scope of the question. Additional references below pertain to humans as well as other forms of life.
Adding to the scientific news on electromagnetic waves affecting insects or not: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11098443
And a good reason to be careful where you stand when the scientific community are running tests using electromagnetic waves in unmodulated form: ./http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17495662
And one more reason to question the use of electromagnetic resonance to carry cellular phone signals: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22991514
I know I just added MORE confusion for some people, but I hope this clarifies it for others.
(I actually agree with you about the veracity of that article I linked above. Honestly, it was one of three I used for an article I kept for myself. I was simply unable to locate the other two I had used for the magazine article. I cited all three articles for the magazine. (I seem to have temporarily misplaced the flash drive where that article is store.))
I will give finding the articles another try.
Thanks again! ...
Okay, I have just added significant details to my question. I wasn't meaning it to be a puzzle. I thought the plight of the small creatures was better known than it apparently is. I apologize for not giving all the details you needed when I first posted this question.
I would appreciate it if the ones who have already answered would answer again in light of the additional data I have now given.
I have not really noticed a dearth of small creepy crawlers around our home this year. There is not an increase or a decrease here, it seems to remain about the same.
However, in areas where there is a dearth, I suspect it could be due to the harsher than usual winter we have had.