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Identifying Good and Bad Bugs in Your Garden

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  • Gene Caballero
  • October 17, 2021

Look, not all bugs are bad for your garden, some are actually quite good for your future food-producing plants. But Identifying which is which can be a nightmare. Fortunately, this infographic can help you figure out which bugs are good, and which are bad. Sound like a plan? Then let’s jump right on in!

What are the best bugs for my garden?

The 4 best bugs for your garden are the green lacewing, the minute pirate bug, the aphids midge, and the ladybug. These 4 bugs are predators to mealybugs, aphids, white flies, and mites that want to eat your fruiting and ornamental plants. 

What tasks do good bugs perform?

Aside from eating the worst bugs in your garden, they also help pollinate your plants, break down dead materials, and even produce food like honey. 

What are the top 4 bad bugs?

According to this infographic the 4 worst bugs from your garden are the tomato hornworm, Japanese beetles, potato bugs, and stink bugs. These bugs will damage your plant's foliage and may result in dead plants and fewer vegetables produced. 

How many bugs are there?

Here are some fun facts about bugs. There are over 1.5 million species of bugs worldwide. Crazier still, just one acre of land can be home to 400 million insects. 97% of these insects are actually beneficial, or at least do no harm to the environment. Many of them serve as food for local wildlife while they go about their lives.


At the end of the day, identifying good and bad bugs in your garden is not all that difficult. But getting them handled is a different task entirely. This infographic was produced by Garden Tech. Be sure to share it with your friends and family so we can all be more informed about the bugs in our gardens. 

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