Author: Janet Weseloh
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