Biological Pest Control

Last Updated: December 20, 2016

Definition - What does Biological Pest Control mean?

Biological pest control is a method of maintaining pest populations below damaging levels by using living organisms instead of relying completely on chemicals. This method uses natural mechanisms such as herbivory, predation, or parasitism to control weeds, plant diseases, mites, and insects.

This method is highly suitable for anyone who want to use as few chemicals as possible while gardening. A beneficial organism is chosen specifically to control a harmful pest. The three main types of biological pest controls include classical biological control, conservation, and augmentation.

MaximumYield explains Biological Pest Control

There are four main types of pest eliminating agents:

  1. Predators
  2. Parasitoids
  3. Pathogens
  4. Plants

By controlling the growth and distribution of these agents, it becomes easier to control the pest population. While the use of a biological pest control reduces the risk of cancer in individuals in comparison to those regularly exposed to chemical pesticides, it is important to note that using biological pest controls alone might not be completely effective in eliminating pests.

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