Apr 26, 2022
Insect Apocalypse
Play • 38 min

Do cockroaches CREEP YOU OUT? Do spiders make you squeamish? Humans have a complicated relationship with the six and eight-legged animals we share the planet with. And yet, they need our help. We are living in what some have called the Insect Apocalypse, an alarming decline of insect species across the globe. It could mean big changes to the food we eat, and the health of the environment around us. Niki Wilson and Jay Ingram examine whether our “ICK” or “EEEEWWWW” responses to insects prevent us from helping them out, and get advice as to how we stop shuddering when we see a house spider.


Further reading: 

  • Learn about the Xerces Society here
  • Find Jeffrey Lockwood’s book “the Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe and Love Insects” here
  • Follow Dr. Catherine Scott on Twitter

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