Who is Your Friend?: Beneficial Garden Bugs
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Who is Your Friend?: Beneficial Garden Bugs

Learn to identify beneficial predators in your garden and eliminate the need for chemical pest control.
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Last updated 4/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Identify beneficial garden bugs and insects
  • Use beneficials in pest control
  • Attract beneficials to the garden
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  • Nothing is required to take this course except a desire to learn about organic pest control!

For organic gardeners, there are very limited options when it comes to pest control. We can't just go out and buy some pesticide to spray on our plants. So what exactly are the options when it comes to getting rid of those pests that destroy our gardens? Perhaps one of the least recognized and most beneficial methods of pest control is using predatory bugs to keep in check the harmful ones.

In this course, we will look at 22 of the most beneficial garden predators. Do you have trouble with aphids, caterpillars, bean beetles, or the plethora of other pests around? Then this course is for you. We will not only examine which bugs are beneficial and how to identify them, but will also look at the plants and herbs that will attract them to your garden. Go no further for organic pest control, we have you covered right here!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for any gardener - beginner or experienced - who is interested in organic, natural garden pest control. For anyone who doesn't want to use strong chemicals as a method of pest control, this course will offer alternative options using natural means.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:04
Praying Mantis
1 Lecture 03:08

Many people list the Praying Mantis as a beneficial insect. Companies even sell nests of baby mantises. Are these creatures truly "beneficial"? We will look at pro's and con's in this lecture.

Preview 03:08
4 Lectures 13:24

If you have mealybug population problems, you will likely want this predator around.

Preview 03:13

The soldier beetle is a worldwide predator of pests. So, what do they look like and how do you get them?

Preview 02:34

Ground Beetle

Lady Beetle
2 Lectures 04:36

These are some of the largest wasps around, and are incredibly useful in controlling larger pests. Are they worth the risk?

Great Golden Digger Wasp

These wasps build those characteristic "umbrella" shaped nests that are so intimidating. But, they do have some useful qualities to offer.

Paper Wasp
Stink Bugs
2 Lectures 06:35

As the name suggests, this little guy has an anchor pattern. How does he benefit your garden?

Anchor Bug

Although these can be mistaken for just another stink bug, they are far from harmful to your garden.

Spined Soldier Bug
Flying Insects
8 Lectures 20:42

This gnat-looking bug feeds on aphids but resembles something not so pleasant.


He might be mistaken for a house fly, but this little guy loves to eat your pests.

Big-Eyed Bug

Everyone loves lightening bugs, right? We all know they are harmless, but can they actually be beneficial?


These are often mistaken for bees, but they are actually a very adept fly.


This is one scary, tough fly...who loves to consume larger pests.

Robber Fly

This is certainly no damsel in distress.

Damsel Bug

Minute is right: these bugs are tiny, and very useful predators.

Minute Pirate Bug

If we were talking camouflage, this little bug would probably win a prize.

Assassin Bugs
3 Lectures 11:43

If they have a name like this, they must be good.

Assassin Bug

This bug is easy to identify with his ridged wheel pattern.

Wheel Bug

An ambush bug does just what his name suggests...ambushes things.

Ambush Bug
2 Lectures 03:45

Often called "Granddaddy Long-legs"


Yikes! Who likes spiders? Maybe you will change your mind about giving these guys a home in your garden.

About the Instructor
Stephanie McCranie
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26 Students
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I am a full time homemaker, and have consequently learned many skills over the past 15 years.

I have been gardening for as long as I can remember. Each year, I discover something new about organic, natural gardening. I spend hours researching and compiling information on anything from garden pests to square-foot gardening. Thus, my knowledge and expertise is broad and experienced.

In addition to gardening, I have spent much of my time in the kitchen. I have been cooking since I was able to help my mom do the simplest tasks. Now, my experience and knowledge has increased exponentially. I do everything from weekly meal plans to homemade breads and pastries from scratch - that is, from grain to table.

I have run my own jewelry business, and I spend large amounts of time on arts and crafts, and have much experience in creating everything from cakes to Christmas ornaments to origami.

Really, my knowledge base in continually growing, and there is nothing I will not take the time to do and learn. My goal is to offer courses for anyone wanting to learn about home-based projects.