Web Resources on Pests and Beneficials
There are so many great websites for learning about pest and beneficial insects. Here are three great resources to keep you busy learning for a long time. Each has a number of helpful photos, and information on the life cycle, habitat, plants attacked or, in the case of beneficial insects, the pests they attack.
A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America
Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes and Turf
Tool or Gardening Product
Microscopes are expensive and standard magnifying glasses are okay, but a magnifier loupe, like jewelers use, is an inexpensive way to get a very good view of tiny pests, their larvae, and their eggs. These loupes are available from a number of sources and an online search will reveal many choices in the $5 to $10 range. Some even have a small light in the loupe, although this is not required for good viewing.