Beneficial Insects

Many home and garden bugs are considered "beneficial" - meaning they are actually  helpful and can keep undesirable troublemakers under control. 

For example:Butterfly

  • One ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.
  • Dragonfly larvae are efficient hunters, eating mosquito larvae and other insects, snails - and even small fish.
  • Juvenile lacewings can eat up to 20 or 30 aphids a day.

To learn how to attract beneficial insects to your garden and help keep pesty troublemakers under control, click on The 10 Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden and also Growing A Healthy Garden to Manage Pests Naturally .

To see photos and learn more about beneficial insects, visit the University of California's website on Natural Enemies at

To order beneficial insects from a supplier, contact or