Biological pest control - what is it?

General

Biological control (or ‘biocontrol’) is the use of living organisms and naturally-sourced (or nature-identical) compounds to control pest and disease populations.

The IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) defines biocontrol products as: “Tools which originate from nature, which have a low impact on human health and the environment and are used to manage pests, weeds and diseases.”  

The approach has been used successfully for over 100 years to manage the spread of pests, protect crops and restore balance to ecosystems and habitats. 

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