Garden Insect Pest Identification Websites

Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
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It's only natural that some types of insect pests will attack plants in your garden. But not every insect in a garden is an enemy. To control insects, you need to know what kind of insect you are dealing with, what plants it favors, and what time of year to expect it. The first line of defense against garden insect pests is identification. For help with this, there are several online sites that provide photos of the most common garden insect pests. Most also provide additional information about specific insects' habits as well as cultural, natural, and chemical means for controlling them.

Cooperative Extension Web Sites and Fact Sheets

The fact sheets provided by Cooperative Extension Services deal with the latest research on controlling pests. In recent years, Cooperative Extension has put greater emphasis on cultural and natural remedies, and they provide gardeners with insights into avoiding future infestations of garden insect pests.

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Insects in the City: Photos are grouped by beneficial, chewing, sucking, and soil insects. Just click on the photo and you'll get enough information to know what's happening to your veggies (and why) and what to do about it. You can also find the fact sheets listed by specific problems.

Commercial Sites

Commercial websites may primarily exist to sell products or services, but they're also good sources of information on pests and specific products for pest control.