Insects, insects, insects | The EPA Blog

By Lina Younes

Ulmaceae - Rainforest Plants
Economic uses: In the tropics, Trema wood was traditionally used to make yokes for oxen, because it is very resistant to torsion. In the temperate zone, they are widely planted as shade trees and one (Ulmus fulva ; slippery elm) is used as a cough remedy.

I love the arrival of fragrances, sights and sounds of spring. New shoots, the twittering of birds, the fresh scent of grass and first flowers, all augur a new awakening. However, there are some things that definitely do not appeal to me during the new season. I've never liked insects. I know these animals serve a function in the ecosystem. However, with the exception of pollinators like butterflies and bees, I would prefer that insects simply did not exist. I do not interfere with their lives in nature and outdoors, but I definitely do not want to have them anywhere in my house.

About the author: Lina M. F. Younes has worked at the EPA since 2002 and currently serves as interim associate director for environmental education. As a journalist, he ran the Washington office of two Puerto Rican newspapers and has worked in several government agencies. Editor's Note: The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone's rights or obligations. You may share this post. However, please do not change the title or the content, or remove EPA's identity as the author. If you do not make changes, please do not edit the title or content to EPA or the author.

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