Roaches, ants, spiders… Oh, my! No one wants pests in their home. Admittedly, pest control is a serious problem and one that poses significant risks to our farms, gardens, and homes. Neglecting to deal with pest problems can not only cause irreversible damage to businesses or/and homes, but many pests transmit diseases that can affect animals and humans alike.
Indeed, it has been a human concern dating as far back as first agricultural settlements. From insects that bite and destroy buildings to mice in our food sources, humans have a storied history with pests of all kinds. Let’s face it, the pest control industry has come a long way from the time of the rat catcher. Read on to find out how pest control has improved in the last twenty-five years.
A Brief History of Pest Control
Pests have tormented humans from time immemorial. Crazily enough, even fossils confirm the presence of flies predating humankind. The earliest instance of pest control dates back to the beginning of agriculture in 8000 (B.C.). Pests, of which were mainly insects, destroyed crops where no preventive measures were taken. However, the first record of the use of sulfur compounds to ward off and control insects was found in 2500 B.C, which was employed by the Sumerians. On the other hand, the Chinese have prehistoric records dating back to 500BC, about using arsenic and mercury on human skin to control lice. Chemical pesticides were only used after the World War II and became a significant part of modern agriculture.
Modern Pest Control Methods
Pest control methods are ever growing with scientific advancements and modern technology to make homes safe and pest-free
In the past, pesticides do not only poison pests but also homeowners and pets. Consequently, after an exterminator applies pesticides, the family is told to wait for hours before entering their house. Pyrethrin is biodegradable and breaks down when exposed to light and oxygen. So, this unique, natural chemical affects insects fast while staying relatively safe for pets and humans.
Incorporating Natural Pest Control Techniques
A growing concern for the environment has prompted pest control professionals to devise more efficient yet environmentally friendly pest control methods. To protect the earth’s natural resources, and to reduce environmental damages, modern pest control methods always eliminates, reduces and manages, whenever possible, the use of harmful materials.
Better Treatment of Animals
Modern pest control methods are aimed towards environmental safety, humane treatment of animals and efficiency. Most pest control companies practice relocating beneficial insects like ants and bees to their proper habitat instead of exterminating them.
Preventive Measures in Pest Control
Here are a few preventive measures that can be taken to control pests:
- Hygiene: Pests are less likely to be attracted to a clean and tidy environment.
- Eatables: Store your food items somewhere pests cannot reach.
- Dry Areas: fix any leaking taps and drain your pool as soon as you’re done swimming.
- Make sure your pets do not have any insects/fleas.
- Get Professionals: if there is an infestation in your home, especially in your kitchen, the experts will know what chemicals are safe around your food. Sure, you could try to DIY it, but professional exterminators will know the best way to get rid of pests around your property.
Evidently, the pest control industry has improved in the last 25 years. Today, pest control is firmly guided by science instead of cultural practices, magic, and art. The regulatory environment of modern times requires the least use of toxic pesticides and appropriate and proper justification for all chemical uses. It’s even more exciting to think about what changes are in store and where the pest control industry is headed in the future!