1A destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc. the tomato plant attracts a pest called whitefly an effective method for controlling insect pests [as modifier]: pest control
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- The biological control of insect pests by using spiders as predators is being studied in four districts of Kerala.
- The single most destructive insect pest for Eastern growers - the infamous plum curculio - is unknown in the West.
- Synthetic pesticides sprayed on crops to check insect pests also kill non-target insects.