Garden Bugs

Garden bugs in the backyard are not always a bad thing. We’re breaking down the good, the bad and the ugly so you can keep harmful garden insect pests away.

What to Do if You See a Bald-Faced Hornet Nest

Learn to identify a bald-faced hornet nest and see what the insects look like. Find out what to do if you see this type of nest in your yard.

How to Help Bees and Pollinators in 10 Easy Ways

Native bees and honeybees are struggling in many places. Learn how to help the bees, butterflies and more beneficial bugs...


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Is Your Christmas Tree Infested with Bugs?

Yes, there are several kinds of insects that you might find in a real Christmas tree. Luckily, they're easy to...


Do Praying Mantis Sightings Have Meaning?

Some people think a praying mantis is good luck or a spiritual sign. Find out if seeing a praying mantis...


Stop the Tomato Hornworm From Damaging Your Tomatoes

They turn into beautiful moths, but tomato hornworm caterpillars are pests in the veggie garden.

How to Control and Get Rid of Grasshoppers

Are grasshoppers bugging you? A garden expert provides advice for how to get rid of grasshoppers. Plus, learn which birds...


20 Beautiful Bee Pictures We Can’t Stop Buzzing About

Birds and butterflies aren't the only beautiful backyard visitors. These pretty bee pictures will give you a new appreciation for...


Does a Ladybug Have Special Meaning or Symbolism?

What does it mean if you see a ladybug? Are they good luck? Learn about ladybug meaning and symbolism, and...


Control a Box Elder Bug Infestation

The box elder bug is not harmful to plants or people. But they are annoying when they invade homes in...


Ladybug vs Asian Beetle: What’s the Difference?

Ladybugs eat garden pests, but they have a non-native lookalike—the Asian lady beetle. See the difference between a ladybug vs...


Katydids and Crickets: Nighttime Garden Music

Have you ever wondered what kinds of insects are singing in your garden at night? Find out more about crickets...


The Wonder of Wasps: Pollinators and Pest Control

If you see a wasp nest, don't be afraid! Wasps are beneficial garden pollinators and are one of your best...


Bee vs Fly: Meet the Flies That Look Like Bees

Bees and their look-alikes, including robber flies and hoverflies, are good bugs for your garden. Learn about flies that look...

All About Garden Moths: Important Pollinators

Learn essential facts about garden moths and how to identify them. Plus, see photos of some beautiful garden moths you...


Here’s What Every Beginning Beekeeper Needs to Know

Interested in becoming a beginning beekeeper? Follow along on a new beekeeper's journey and learn how to get your own...


How to Attract More Moths to Your Garden With Light

Gather some lights, bring some bananas and a bedsheet, and learn how to attract moths for a whole lot of...


10 Pictures of Spiders That Will Change Your Mind About Them

Whether you love 'em or loathe 'em, spiders are good for your garden — and these pictures of spiders invite...


7 Creepy Crawly Garden Spider Facts

Hone your backyard spidey sense with spider facts! Learn how to attract them and why they're so beneficial to your...


Controlling Caterpillars: Garden Insect Pests

Some moth caterpillars can be serious garden insect pests. Get tips for controlling spongy moths, webworms and eastern tent caterpillars.


How Do Bugs, Moths and Butterflies Hibernate?

Do butterflies hibernate? Here's the answer. Also find out how your backyard bugs, like moths, dragonflies and beetles, spend the...


7 Fascinating Firefly Facts You Should Know

When the sun goes down in summertime, fireflies light up. Discover more fascinating firefly facts about these extraordinary insects.


7 Garden Bee Species You Want to See in Your Yard

There are over 4,000 native bees and many are in decline. Here are 7 beneficial garden bee species that need...

Meet the Garden Beetles: Helpful Backyard Bugs

Japanese beetles are an unwelcome sight, but many other garden beetles are worth welcoming your yard. Learn which beetles are...


Meet the Skimmers: Colorful Dragonflies

The skimmer dragonfly eats pest insects, making it a very good bug for your garden. Here's how to identify and...


8 Beneficial Insects You Want to See in Your Garden

These beneficial insects are ready to lend a helping hand in your yard and garden by keeping the destructive and...


8 Crazy Cool Caterpillars You Could Find in Your Backyard

Get the lowdown on these bizarre, crawly creatures—from plump and stripy to horned and dangerous. And see the adult moths...


If You Find a Spotted Lanternfly in Your Yard, This Is What to Do

The spotted lanternfly is invasive—and it's taking over in the U.S. Here's how to get rid of this pest and...


Meet the Milkweed Tussock Moth and Caterpillar

Milkweed tussock moth caterpillars are some of the most interesting caterpillars you can find in the garden—just plant milkweed to...