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What is biological control?

When another organism (such as a predator or parasite) is used to kill pests


Why is biological control used?

Because chemicals used to control pests can poison the environment


What are 3 advantages of biological control?

~It is specific to a particular pest
~Once the predator is established, there is no need to re-introduce it at a later date
~The pest does not develop resistance to the predator


What are 2 disadvantages of biological control?

~There is a delay between introducing the predator and a reduction in the pest
~It does not completely eradicate the pest, only brings its number down to acceptable levels