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.

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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.

Benefits of Modification

If we take the pesticides we use now and modify them to create a more safe way to eliminate any pests that may crawl into our homes. Without all the harmful toxins being released into the house. Plus we can make the pesticide last even longer to prevent any future infestations from happening. This modification presents a sort of anti freeze that basically stops insects in their tracks and kills them in about 1-2 minutes.
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Any Disadvantages?

There may possibly be a problem. Nowadays insects are becoming more resistant to certain pesticides. Who says they won't do the same to this one? This can present a problem but if necessary the pesticides can be altered even further.

Any Affects on Organisms?

The only real organism affected at all would be the insects. This is because of the anti freeze not being able to penetrate the outer layer of the crops and also it can't affect people either since it is more of a blast of frozen air.

Economic Affect

This pesticide, proven that it does work, would put almost all others out of commission due to the rise of a new technology and how it would effect the home people live in and the crops they may plant.
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Environmental Affect

There is next to no affects on the environment. Since the pesticide is used with anti freeze there will be crops that would have to be washed after having the anti freeze on them. Other than that no other problems whatsoever.


The rise of new technological advances are coming people. So basically this pesticide may need to be modified further but that will be seen in the years to come. Remember nothing is perfect.
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