The history of pest control

The pest control application ranges from DIY fixes to

scientific and highly accurate display of chemicals and predatory insects by

highly qualified practitioners. Although pest control is a

The industry is still dominated by family or sole proprietorships. Those who need

to control pests ranging from homeowners to

Large-scale agro-conglomerates that need to maximize their performance. Among

These two are restaurants, bars, food production facilities, farmers; in fact,

anyone who regularly cares for food. Pest control can do us more

comfortable, but it can also save lives.

The word parasite it is subjective as one man’s plague can be another man’s plague

assistant. For example, pest A can be a threat to crop A and pest B a threat to crop.

Crop B. However, if pest B is a natural predator of pest A, then the farmer who

you want to protect crop A you can grow and release pest B among your crops.

There is a theory that without human intervention in the food chain through

agriculture, hunting and long distance travel there would be no pests. Tea

continues the theory that the intervention of man (for example, in the cultivation and

releasing pest B, or carrying creatures long distances) has upset the balance

of the food chain, producing instability in the number of insects and other animals and

distorting its evolution. This instability has led to the overpopulation of a


species with the result that they have become pests. That said, if we assume that the first fly hit was the first

example of pest control, and we know that large animals squash flies, it could be

argued that pest control dates back to long before humans appeared on the scene.

The earliest recorded instance of pest control dates back to 2500 BC when the Sumerians

used sulfur to control insects. Then, around 1200 BC. C., the Chinese, in their great

era of discovery towards the end of the Shang dynasty, they were using chemicals to

control insects. The Chinese continued to develop increasingly sophisticated

chemicals and insect control methods for crops and for human comfort.

Undoubtedly, the dissemination of technical knowledge on pest control was favored by the advanced state of

Chinese writing ability. Although progress in pest control methods undoubtedly

He continued, the next significant test doesn’t come until around

750 BC, when Homer described the Greek use of scattered wood ash as a form of

pest control.

Around the year 500 a. C., the Chinese used mercury and arsenic compounds as a medium

to control body lice, a common problem throughout history. In 440 BC the Ancient

The Egyptians used fishing nets to cover their beds or their homes at night as a

protection against mosquitoes

From 300BC

there is evidence of the use of predatory insects to control pests,

although it is almost certain that this method was developed before this date. The Romans

developed pest control methods and these ideas spread throughout the world.

empire. On

200 BC, the Roman censor Cato encouraged the use of oils as a means of pest control.

and in AD 70 Pliny the Elder wrote that galbanum resin (from the fennel plant)

It must be added to sulfur to deter mosquitoes. In the 13 a. C., the Romans built the first rat-proof grain store on record.

The first known case in which predatory insects were transported from one area to another comes from Arabia around 1000 AD, where date growers moved ant crops from neighboring mountains to their oasis plantations in order to

to hunt phytophagous ants that attacked the date palm.

Despite the illumination provided by the ancient Chinese, Arabs, and Romans,

many of his teachings were not passed down through time. Certainly in Europe

During the Middle Ages, pest control methods were just as likely to be based on

superstition and local spiritual rituals like any proven method. Pests were often

viewed as workers of evil, especially those who ruined food, crops, or livestock.

Although there were undoubtedly studies of pests during the Middle Ages, there were no

have any recorded evidence of this.

It is not until the European Renaissance that more evidence of pest control

emerges. In 1758, the great Swedish botanist and taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus

listed and named many pests. His writings were (and still are) the root and

source of future studies on pests (as well as plants and animals in general). TO

At the same time, the agricultural revolution began in Europe and heralded a more widespread application of pest control. With the work of Linnaeus and others

academic and business needs to ensure crop and livestock protection,

pest control became more systematic and spread throughout the world. World ace

trade increased, new pesticides were discovered.

At this point, farmers and some homeowners carried out pest control.

as a daily activity. However, in the early 19th century, this changed

As studies and writings began to appear that treated pest control as a

separate discipline. The increasing use of intensive and large-scale agriculture brought

match increases in intensity and scale of pest peaks such as

disastrous potato famine in Ireland in 1840. Pest control management escalated

to meet these demands, to the point that dedicated pest controllers began to

emerge throughout the twentieth century.

In 1921 the first crop fumigation aircraft was used and in 1962 the control of flying insects was revolutionized when Insect-o-cutor began to sell fly swatters.

machines using ultraviolet lamps.

Pest control is still carried out by farmers and homeowners to this day.

There are also pest control specialists (sometimes called pests); Many

They are sole proprietorships and others work for large companies. In most countries

the pest control industry has been persecuted by some bad practitioners who have

it tarnished the reputation of the highly professional and responsible majority.

One thing is certain, since long before the Sumerians of 2500 BC. C. to us in modern times, there have always been, and probably always will be, plagues (including some human ones!). Thank goodness therefore that we have pest controllers.

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