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Don't get bugged.

The damage from insect pests is staggering.

Insect pests spread diseases in both humans and animals, destroy crops and gardens, damage forest trees, destroy building structures, and create nuisances. The cost of invasive insects is estimated at more than $70 billion. Another $6.9 billion is spent on treating health issues caused by insects. Illinois Extension can help you lessen the impact of harmful insects with easy-to-understand, research-based practices to minimize the risks associated with bugs and insects. 

What's That Bug? How to Identify Insects

Have you ever spotted an insect and wondered what type of insect it was? Insects are all around us and play important roles in our ecosystems. Explore how to identify different groups of insects commonly found in Illinois.


Don't judge all bugs with the same lens.

Only 1% to 3% of insect species are harmful. That leaves a lot of bugs that help humans by preying on pests and pollinating plants. Do you know which are which? Before you squash that bug under your foot, check Extension's Beneficial Insect website. Nearly a third of the food we eat needs a pollinator's help to grow. Ensure you're doing all you can to protect life's helpful insects.

Save the Planet | Help a Pollinator


Pollinators are a group of amazing insects that are vital to both plant life and human life on earth. In recent years, pollinator populations have been declining dramatically which has prompted an immediate need for their protection and perpetuation on the landscape. 

Be the hero a pollinator needs

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