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.
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Ants, bed bugs, clothes moths, cockroaches, flour beetles, springtails, wasps
Boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles, flies, earwigs, masked hunters, springtails and stinkbugs
Pantry pests, carpet beetles, clothes moths and silverfish
Spiders, ticks, mites, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and sowbugs
Bed bugs, fleas, head lice and medically significant insects
UMN Twin Cities is an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, an initiative of the Xerces Society that raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and actions each of us can take to help pollinators.
Visit the Bee Lab for information on helping pollinators
Learn how to grow bee lawns and pollinator friendly plants.
Take this quiz and learn how your backyard could better benefit bees and other beneficial insects
List of plants for bee food and habitat
Yard and garden insects
Four-lined plant bug, iris borers, rose chafers, spider mites
Asparagus beetles, cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, spotted wing drosophila, squash vine borers
Bluegrass billbug, cicada killers, cutworms, white grubs
Aphids, caterpillars, Japanese beetles, scales, sawflies
Black flies, mosquitoes and ticks