While there are numerous beneficial insects in your yard that assist with pollenation- and even with warding off unwanted pests- there are certainly a few exceptions.
Some of the insects on this list are only problematic in large numbers, while there are a few others that no homeowner wants any trace of in their yard.
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Ant infestations are evidenced by their presence on your plants, as well as the noticeable dirt mounds they build in your yard.
While there are DIY methods for treatment, professional-grade insecticides tend to be most effective.
Aphids have long legs and soft bodies, and are typically found on the underside of a plant’s leaves.
They tend to stick to a single host without spreading to other species.
Mosquitoes seek out standing water as a breeding ground. They can become a serious problem in the warmer months, especially the breeds that carry diseases.
Spider Mites are thusly named as they have 8 legs with no antennae, yet they are still classed as insects.
Often residing on the underside of a plant’s foliage, they feast on a variety of vegetables and flowering plants.
Flea Beetles, Cucumber Beetles
Many common beetle types are harmless- even beneficial- to your yard and garden. However, flea beetles and cucumber beetles are a hazard, as they can wreak havoc on your vegetable garden. Easily treated with beneficial nematodes.
Flies are attracted to stagnant water, trash, and decaying organic material. While taking preventative measures is always wise, you may need to take extra steps if you already have a full-blown infestation. Commonly treated with electric fly zappers and a good cleaning.
While bees are wonderfully beneficial to plant life and the ecosystem in general, an excessive amount in your yard and garden can become hazardous.