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.

Related resources: Wildlife Management | Create good habitat

Related articles: Tolerant Mindset

Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides pdf — NBB program.

Provides the basics for home gardening without pesticides.

Attract Beneficial Insects

Attract Beneficial Insects pdf — 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 pdf — Oregon State University Extension.

They consume lots of insects.

Bats

Bats — They are not insects, but they do eat insects. See Bats in Wildlife Management.

Bugs & Pests: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Bugs & Pests: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly pdf — 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.

Pollinators

Butterflies and how to attract them — Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife


Butterfly Larvae Plants — Savvy Gardening.

This article explains why we need plants for the young, as well as the beautiful adult, butterflies and moths.


Butterfly Larva Host Plants — PNW pdf TheButterflySite.com.

This list is edited from a larger list to include only butterflies of the Pacific Northwest.


Pollination & Protecting Bees & Other Pollinators pdf — WSU Extension.


Xerxes Society

Everything you need to know about pollinators and other invertebrates.