Beneficial Insects

Insect Control Program at America’s Best Flowers

Not all bugs are bad! In fact, we think some bugs are great! Since 2011, we’ve been using beneficial insects to control pest insects in order to avoid using pesticides. Beneficial insects naturally target pest insects and control them through predation or parasitism, yet do not harm plants or animals. We preventatively release these “good guys” weekly by the thousands to ensure that they are always one step ahead of the “bad guys”.

We are the only retail garden center in the area using beneficial insects as our primary means of insect control. This means our plants are grown in a safer and more environmentally friendly way than conventionally grown plants. It also means that when you bring home our plants, you may be bringing home beneficial insects too! Don’t worry though, most of these insects are very tiny and unnoticeable, and won’t be a nuisance; they’ll just continue to protect your plants from pests.

In the Garden

Beneficial insects are also found naturally in the garden. The majority of insects that visit your garden are either harmless or beneficial. This is one reason why chemical insecticides should be avoided whenever possible, so beneficial insects aren’t inadvertently harmed. The more beneficial insects present, the less need there is for pesticides.

Common beneficial insects in the garden include ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, parasitic wasps, ground beetles, dragonflies, praying mantis, pirate bugs, and beneficial nematodes. Beneficial insects can help control a wide variety of common insect pests, such as aphids, scale, thrips, whitefly, and caterpillars. To increase their part in controlling pests, you can attract these “good guys” by planting certain plants.

Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects
AlyssumTansy
Queen Anne’s Lace Lemon Balm
Coriander Fennel
Sedum Yarrow
Cosmos Marigold
Spearmint Zinnia
Dill