Garden, Lawn, and Landscape Pests: Insects

Gardens & Landscapes May 17, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

Garden, Lawn, and Landscape Pests | Integrated Pest Management (IPM) | Diseases | Insects | Weeds

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Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is a common pest in the garden, lawn, and landscape (Photo credit: Kevin D. Arvin,


Insect Pest Identification

Identifying the insect responsible for plant damage in the garden, lawn, and landscape often begins by investigating the host plant and looking for clues. The following resources provide information, many through pictures, that aid in identifying the insect pest.

Fruits and Vegetables

Use these resources to find insect pest information for fruits and vegetables in your growing region:

  • Fruit Insect Pests by Region


Use these resources to find insect pest information for lawns in your growing region:


Use these resources to find insect pest information for trees, shrubs, and flowers in your growing region:

Local Diagnostic Laboratories

If you cannot identify your insect problem from the resources above, you may be able to submit information to your state diagnostic plant laboratory using:

Insecticide Use and Products

Some Extension publications recommend specific strategies for using insecticides for treating insect pests. Insecticides and their use vary by state. The pesticide label is a legal document that provides instructions for proper pesticide usage. Another important document, the material safety data sheet (MSDS), informs the user about the chemical's physical properties and safe work practices. Labels are found on the pesticide container. Label and MSDS information can also be found by using the following Web sites. Some of these sites may require you to register free of charge before using.

  •, Vance Publishing Corporation) - use the search feature to find labels and material data safety sheets for insecticides

Find State Regulatory Data for your state:

-User hint: Under the "Our services" tab, scroll down to find the Information Resources, then State Regulatory Data section and select a state from the drop-down menu.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.