beneficials

plural noun
ben·e·fi·cials | \ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəlz \

Definition of beneficials 

: organisms (such as ladybugs, lacewings, and bacteria) that feed on or parasitize pests of crops, gardens, and turf

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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