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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)

Beneficial insects

The following factsheet outlines common beneficial insects and ways to preserve them using integrated pest management:

Maximising the Value of Beneficial Insects on the Farm: Predator and Parasitoids (PDF, 709 KB)

Field Heroes

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:

Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada (PDF, 6.7 MB)

Biological control

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)