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About the Insects program

research on stingless wasps in a lab

University of Minnesota Extension researchers are investigating whether stingless wasps can be used to control soybean aphids as they do in China.

The world is home to more than one million identified species of insects, representing more than half of all known life on the planet—and it's estimated there are millions more. Some species cause damage to crops and other plants, infest our homes, or transmit disease; others are valued as pollinators and pest control.

University of Minnesota Extension offers a wide variety of information on insects and can help identify insects and insect damage to vegetables, fruit, flowers, trees and shrubs, and lawns. We also have extensive information on common household insects.

Each issue of Yard and Garden News has useful information on insects, such as reducing earwigs in your garden or fruit flies in your home. Master Gardeners and local Extension educators are valuable resources for your insect questions.

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