Insects

Find research-based information on both helpful and harmful insects, spiders and other insect relatives. Learn how to identify insect damage on plants and in the landscape as well as how to prevent and control common household insect infestations.

Read about pest management on Yard and Garden News

 

Crop insects

Corn insects

Insects, diseases and nematodes affecting corn

Soybean insects

Insects and diseases affecting soybean

Household insects

Ants

Identify different species, control methods, includes carpenter ants

Biting insects and insect relatives

Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bed bugs, wasps and other insects that bite to feed or in self-defense

Flying insects

Flies, wasps, hornets and other flying insects that live in or near homes

Insect relatives and invertebrates

Giant moths, caterpillars and other unique insects and insect relatives along with arachnids and annelids

Nuisance insects

Boxelder bugs, pantry pests and other insects that may be hard to tolerate and can infest in large numbers

Pollinators

Honey bees, bumble bees and native bees

Visit the Bee lab for information on helping pollinators

How pollinator friendly is your yard and garden?

Take this quiz and learn how your backyard could better benefit bees and other beneficial insects

Plants for Minnesota bees

List of plants bees will visit

What insect is this?

Identify insects with this diagnostic tool

Identify and learn about insects in and around your home and yard

General curiosity insects

Giant moths, caterpillars and other unique insects and insect relatives along with arachnids and annelids

Yard and garden insects

Flower insects

Insect friends and foes of blooming plants

Fruit and vegetable insects

Insects and other bugs that particularly help, harm or feed on fruits and vegetables in the home garden

Lawn insects

Beneficial and harmful insects, other bugs and earthworms that affect the health of lawns and landscapes

Tree and shrub insects

Insects and other bugs that particularly live on, feed on, harm or help trees and shrubs

Biting insects and insect relatives

Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bed bugs, wasps and other insects that bite to feed or in self-defense

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