Biological Control

Lady beetle preying on an aphid

Can you use one organism to control another? Explore biological control with predatory organisms, parasites or pathogens.



Biological Control Information Center

North Carolina State University. Department of Entomology.

Provides an introduction to biological control concepts, purchasing and application of natural enemies, compatibility of biocontrol insects with pesticides, and pest look-a-likes.


Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America

Cornell University.

Provides photographs and descriptions of biological control parasitoids, predators, pathogens and weed feeders for insect, disease and weed pests in North America. A tutorial on the concepts and practices of biological control, a glossary and index of organisms and habitat/crops terms are also included.


Farmscaping for Beneficials

Oregon State University. Integrated Plant Protection Center.

Focused on Oregon, but of wide benefit, this is a grower-based program in conservation biological control and pollinator conservation. Information available includes training activities, a pocket guide of natural enemies and insectary planting publications.


Midwest Institute for Biological Control

Illinois Natural History Survey. Center for Ecological Entomology.

Covers parasites, pathogens, predators, and weed feeder species, and models and theories of population dynamics for pest control.


Pest Management

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

This section includes many publications that focus on various ecological pest control techniques organized by disease, insect or weed type including biological control as appropriate. The publication, Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control and the Biorationals: Ecological Pest Management Database are of particular interest.


Center for Biological Control

University of California, Berkeley. College of Natural Resources.

Up-to-date events, announcements and news for biological control.


Biological Control Program

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Information about pest biological control management programs to protect United States agricultural and environmental resources.


Regulating Biopesticides

EPA. Office of Pesticide Programs.

Evaluates the proposed biopesticides to assure that its use will not pose unreasonable risks of harm to human health and the environment. Both registration applicants and the public may find information about the regulatory process and active ingredients of biopesticides.