Some Jeepers are Keepers

Learn about Beneficial bugs and plants for your yard

Many bugs in your garden are beneficial. Good bugs are ones that provide benefits that people want like pest control, pollination, esthetics (butterflies). Be sure you are not harming or getting rid of the beneficial bugs. Avoiding the use of insecticides is especially important for protecting beneficial bugs.

Begin attracting beneficial bugs by selecting the right type of plants for yard or garden. First identify your goal and the type of bug you’d like to attract. Then review the options below for the right plant for your home.

Remember, some jeepers are keepers! Check out these guides to healthy and natural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in English and in Spanish.

Here's a list of just some of the bugs and plants that are good for your garden. Click any to see how they benefit your garden!

  • bee
  • dragonfly
  • green-lacewing
    Green Lacewing
  • ground-beetle
    Ground Beetle
  • lady-bug
  • spider
  • parasitic-wasp
    Parasitic Wasp
  • praying-mantis
    Praying Mantis
  • soldier-beetle
    Soldier Beetle
  • syrphid-fly
    Syrphid Fly

Here is a list of plants that attract good bugs:

  • Buckwheat Flower
  • California Lilac
    California Lilac
  • Daisies
  • Dill Transparent
  • Goldenrod
  • Marigold
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Sunflower
  • Yarrow

For more information about beneficial bugs or pest control visit our partners :

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Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers, and a list of local stores that provide less toxic pest control products.


UC IPM Statewide Integrated
Pest Management Program

Check out this website to learn about alternative solutions that reduce pests in and around the home.

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