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There are a number of insects that are natural enemies of harmful crop pests. Read the following resources to learn about how beneficial insects can help protect your crops and how you can encourage these insects to thrive.
Field crop insect pests
The following factsheet describes beneficial insects that naturally help control field crop insect pests in Alberta:
Natural Enemies of Field Crop Insect Pests in Alberta (PDF, 565 KB)
The following factsheet outlines common beneficial insects and ways to preserve them using integrated pest management:
For information about beneficial insects and insecticides including the economic benefits visit Western Grain Research Foundation: Field Hero’s.
Field crop and forage pests
The following resource is a guide to help you make decisions about how to control harmful insects and mites:
The following factsheet explains how biological control helps suppress problem weeds using a weed’s natural enemies and live organisms:
Biological control of weeds on the prairies (PDF, 259 KB)