You drive by our offices, see our trucks on the street and have us spray your homes and businesses for pests. You know we have been around for many years, but do you know how long pest control has been around?
Pest control has been around since our ancestors first started farming, trying to control insects from getting into their crops.
The first recorded instance of pest control is around 2500 BC when the Sumerians used sulfur compounds to kill insects. The Egyptians and Chinese used herbs and oils to control insects and pests. The Chinese also used arsenic as an insecticide in gardens.
Other methods used were tilling of the soils. Such as spading and plowing, which buried disease organisms and covered some insects, preventing their emerging from the soil to destroy crops.
Through the years, man has used whatever intellect, skills and resources he possessed to ward off, control or kill insects and pests. People used such common sense methods as covering their beds with nets to protect themselves against insects. They used different herbs and spices to ward off pests in foodstuffs and used predatory insects to control other pests.
Farmers and members of households usually carried out pest control. While some of the materials and methods did work, others were useless, based on folklore and superstition.
During 1800-1825 Pyrethrum, lime and sulfur combination, arsenic, sulfur and soap were being used.
During 1825-1850 phosphorous paste and rotenone were used.
Beginning in the 19th century education and research on the biology of insects helped advance the correct use of pesticides. Around the mid-nineteenth century people were beginning to use chemicals with some success.
With the first use of DDT as an insecticide in 1939 during World War II the era of pesticide use began.
During the 1950-60’s, Malathion, Deet, Atrazine and Treflan were introduced.
Rachel Carson, scientist, ecologist, and author, concerned about the use of pesticides on the environment, wrote the book ‘Silent Spring’, which was published in September of 1962. Her book documented the detrimental effects pesticides have on the environment. After the book was published, U.S. President John F Kennedy directed his Science Advisory Committee to investigate Rachel Carson’s writings. Their investigation of Carson’s book, did lead to the strengthening of chemical pesticide regulations.
In 1970 the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) was formed.
The continued research in the pest management industry through the 1980’s, 1990’s and into today helps us to understand and create better and safer pesticides and insecticides. With the ‘Green’ movement, many consumers are looking for environmentally safe products to use in their homes and yards. Along with this are the education in the usage of amounts of chemicals and how and where those chemicals should be used.
We have pest control for basically the same reasons as earlier man did, to control pests from destroying our crops, invading our homes and getting into our food supply. The pest control industry is growing and developing. Methods have changed greatly since the first humans practiced pest control. Fortunately today we have scientists continuing to develop and advance the pest control industry, along with pest control professionals trained in the best methods of controlling pests.
Our company can help you with your pest control needs. Just call us at 1-800-966-9599 or visit our website at www.WorldPestonline.com. Scroll through our Pest Library and Knowledge Center if you have a question about a certain bug.