Beneficial Insects

Not all insects and critters in your New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania yard are harmful. In fact, some do so much good that they're even called "beneficial insects". On this page, we cover some of the common beneficials found in local yards, including what they do and how to bring more of them to your property to help keep unwanted pests at bay.

bat hanging upside down - scary or cute?

Bats – Scary or Cute?

Bats may be the most misunderstood, under-loved and under-appreciated animals in the United States. But, as the main predator of night-flying insects (including mosquitoes!), they should really be a desirable and welcome addition to your property.
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hoverfly on flower

Beneficial Insects – The Hoverfly

Hoverflies are tremendous beneficial predators to attract into your landscape, as their larvae are voracious aphid-eating machines. They resemble a cross between a fly and a small yellow jacket at first glance. Besides their favorite snack, aphids, they provide excellent control ofscale, thrips, tiny mites and small caterpillars, like the cabbageworms that devour your broccoli…
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ladybug feeding on an aphid

Are Beneficial Insects REALLY Good For Your Yard?

We answer all of your questions about beneficial insects in your garden, including what they do, the different types, how to attract them, their many benefits, and what not to do if you want to get these incredible insects to come over to your house.
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praying mantis

Beneficial Insects – Praying Mantis

Learn how to attract praying mantises to your New Jersey yard, which ones to buy (as an egg case), when and where they appear, what they eat, and more
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An ichneumon wasp rests on a potted plant.

Parasitic Wasps: The Natural Pest Control You Want to Have In Your Garden

Parasitic wasps are one of the many beneficial insects you may want to invite to your garden. Learn why you'll love having them as garden pest control.
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