Manage insect pests naturally


Keep your plants healthy. Build healthy soil with compost and mulch. Water deeply, and just once a week. Put plants in the place that matches their soil and sun needs. It’s OK to replace problem plants. (They make great compost!)

Attract beneficial insects with plants that provide nectar, pollen and shelter. Trees and flowering plants provide food and shelter to insect-eating birds.

Get help with identification in our Good Bug Guide so you don't kill a helper.

Use non-chemical least-hazardous methods. Use water spray to knock down aphids. Use traps for wasps, moths and whiteflies.

Buy good bugs. Good bugs do the dirty work for you. If you avoid pesticides you’ll find them in your yard already. If you need a jump start you can buy good bugs.

Use pesticides only as a last resort.

Pesticides pose varying risks to people, pets and beneficial insects. Keep using non-toxic methods and over time you can reduce pest numbers and the damage they cause.

If you choose to use pesticides, pick a safer product using Grow Smart, Grow Safe Product Charts.