Improving Pest Control
By: Dylan Santiago
What is Pest Control? How is it Used?
Pest control is at least as old as agriculture, as there has always been a need to keep crops free from pests. In order to maximize food production, it is advantageous to protect crops from competing species of plants, as well as from herbivores competing with humans.
The conventional approach was probably the first to be employed, since it is comparatively easy to destroy weeds by burning them or plowing them under, and to kill larger competing herbivores, such as crows and other birds eating seeds. Techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting (also known as intercropping or mixed cropping), and the selective breeding of pest-resistant cultivars have a long history.
Uses and Results
Now pest control is a very useful way of making your home and any planted crops from being invaded by any nasty insects or unwanted wildlife. Usually farmers would use a spray that would kill any bugs that try and eat their crops. This would end up killing any insect in about 2-3 minutes. As for the wildlife the spray would have a more peaceful way of dealing with them. Since animal noses are much stronger than ours they can smell things we can't. The pesticide have a noxious smell that would drive animals away from eating crops. But if any wildlife that may eat the plant anyway would become severally sick and could possibly die within a day or two.