DMV Beneficials is a collective of plant lovers with two main objectives: to share quality information on beneficial insects and houseplant pests and to split the cost of ordering beneficial insects in the greater Washington DC metro area.
DMV Beneficials, formerly known as DC & Neighbors Beneficial Insect Group, had its humble beginnings in 2020 when just five plant-loving people decided to do a group order of beneficial insects to cut down on shipping costs. They wanted to see if other people would be interested, so they began a Facebook group to coordinate and share information. In just under a year, the group exploded to over 1,700 thousand members with an average of 100-120 people ordering beneficial insects every two weeks. On bug days, distribution is not just within the DC city limits, but out west into Northern Virginia, East to Annapolis and North as far as Baltimore, MD.
Access to quality information around pest identification and pest management is essential to the ethos of the group. Accurate pest ID is key to an effective treatment plan, and the collective is experienced and thorough in identifying the insects on your plants. Additionally, the recommended treatment and prevention plans are always personalized to your specific growing conditions and are proven effective! No more guesswork or toxic pesticide sprays – the collective is here to support you on your beneficial insect journey to happier and healthier plants.
If you’re not located in the DC metro region, we are still happy to support you in your pest management! Feel free to join our FB community, follow us on Instagram, check to see if there’s a chapter in your area, or reach out directly! We love chatting plants and bugs.
Please note – DMV Beneficials is not affiliated with any suppliers of beneficial insects and this information is not sponsored in any way. Our pest management recommendations are based solely on the collective’s education and experience and our goal is to share what works!
Group orders for the DC/MD/VA region are organized to deliver every other Thursday. Our calendar will show you the timeline – an order can be placed with the group during the “order open” period. The order will “close” one week in advance of delivery (per the beneficial insect supplier, orders must be placed one week in advance) and then bugs are delivered to Jamie Stanton in NW DC the following Thursday morning.
Orders will then be sorted and those who placed an order will have the option to pick up their bugs from either a recurring location or from one of our volunteer distributors. Bugs are NOT directly shipped to your home. We currently have four main pickup locations: Plants Alive (Silver Spring, MD), Union Market (NE DC), Headquarters (NW DC), and Ellicott City (MD).
It is STRONGLY recommended that you pick up your insects on the day of delivery. The bugs deliver alive, and they don’t last long in the bottles. You want as many live predators on your plants as possible!
To place an order, check our calendar to find out when the next order opens, then add yourself to the order spreadsheet. We do the bulk of our logistics and communications through Facebook, so please indicate if you prefer a different method of communication, and what the best way is to reach you.
And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are always happy to help consult on Pest ID, Predator Selection, Order logistics, etc.
DMV Beneficials Board
Meet the amazing people responsible for making sure DMV Beneficials runs as smoothly as possible.