Master Gardener Tips May 1, 2024


By Kirstee Schutte, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Have you ever heard the term “beneficial insects” and wondered what that meant?

Beneficial insects are insect species that are valued for pollination and pest control. They are especially useful in organic gardening, or enclosed areas that have little natural insect species such as greenhouses, and as biological control in integrated pest management. They are often sold by the key pest they target. Some of the most common beneficial insects include ladybugs, assassin bugs, green lacewings, and praying mantis.