Insects are a critical part of an ecosystem. We need beneficial insects in our landscapes as much as in our wild areas. Balance between the insects that are doing good and those that are doing bad can generally be accomplished by simply planting some native plants. But it also takes tolerance of a bit of damage. Insects have to eat, too. Once the balance takes place, there will be a lot less damage.
Alternatives to Pesticides
Alternatives to Pesticides — NBB program.
Provides the basics for home gardening without pesticides.
Attract Beneficial Insects
Attract Beneficial Insects — WSU Extension.
How to get them to stay in your garden, and why you should want them to stay.
Attract Beneficial Insects: Plant List
Attract Beneficial Insects: Plant List — Goodnight Design.
Plant list and additional resources links.
Attract Reptiles & Amphibians to Your Yard
Attract Reptiles & Amphibians to Your Yard — Oregon State University Extension.
They consume lots of insects.
Bugs & Pests: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Bugs & Pests: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly — Clark County, WA.
Identifies common insects you may fine in your garden and helpful hints for encouraging good bugs and discouraging the bad ones without the use of harmful chemicals.
Butterfly Larvae Plants — Savvy Gardening.
This article explains why we need plants for the young, as well as the beautiful adult, butterflies and moths.
This list is edited from a larger list to include only butterflies of the Pacific Northwest.
Pollination & Protecting Bees & Other Pollinators — WSU Extension.
Everything you need to know about pollinators and other invertebrates.
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