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How do insects help us with recycling?

Insects are important recyclers of natural materials such as the leaves that fall in a forest. Without insect larvae and other "decomposers," leaves would just pile up forever, or until a fire got rid of them. Instead, these tiny animals break the big pieces down into smaller pieces, which are then chewed up by even smaller animals like bacteria and microbes, or plants like mushrooms and toadstools. The forest litter is thus "recycled" or turned into soil, which helps the trees grow. When farmers or gardeners want to put that kind of recycling to work in order to enrich their soil, it is called "composting." Insects like beetles and their larvae worm-like larvae, as well as true worms like night-crawlers help keep a compost heap well ventilated by burrowing holes, and they also help break the bigger pieces into smaller pieces. Some kinds of insects (especially house flies) and cockroaches) just love to eat garbage, which is kind of disgusting but it does help get rid of the garbage!


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