Pest control

group of methods to control some species that are harmful to health, economy or ecology

Pest control is group of methods to control some species of animals and plants that humans think are harmful to their health, economy or ecology.[1]

A crop duster applies pesticide Western corn rootworm

Pest control is as old as agriculture, because there has always been a need to keep crops free from pests. In order to get best results from food production there was always need to protect crops from competing plants trying to kill a crop to grow in its place.[2]

Managing or controlling pests can be done several ways. Killing them is common (using the services of an exterminator or doing it yourself). But, there are humane methods of pest control too. These include using sound to deter or repel pests and making changes around the property to prevent pests from entering.

Insects and wildlife enter buildings mainly for food, shelter, and warmth. The areas typically affected are the attic, the basement, and the roof. Homeowners can do some things to make sure they do not make an environment that's attractive to pests.


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  2. Woody, Todd (20 September 2010). "A Crop Sprouts Without Soil or Sunshine".

[1] Archived 2016-06-24 at the Wayback Machine