From Prehistoric Times To Modern Day Newcastle: Pest Control Through The Ages

The organisms that bothered our prehistoric ancestors cant have had a significant impact on their nomadic lifestyles. Without the need for cultivating crops, permanent houses or vary many possessions, they would have been limited to common pests like lice, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes that could easily be shooed away or squashed.


It was only after establishing agriculture and permanent settlements approximately 10,000 years ago that we needed to develop ways of protecting our food storage against pests. Learn the history of pest control and how it got to Newcastle. Pest control has a colourful history and has progressed and evolved with us over thousands of years.


From Superstition To Science


Early pest management methods were often based on superstition or mysticism, such as making an offering to a deity or engaging in a ceremonial dance. It was only through the process of trial and error that a few effective methods developed over the centuries, many of which are still in use today.


Ancient Sumerians were already using sulphur compounds to control insects and mites by 2500 BC. By 1200, a few thousand miles to the east, the Chinese had developed Plant-derived pesticides for seed treatment and fumigation, chalk and wood ash for safeguarding food stores, and Mercury and arsenic compounds to control body lice.


Exploring Biological Pest Control And Plant Derived Pesticides


By 950 B.C, crop rotation, seasonal planting, and fire breaks were techniques commonly used among Chinese, Greek, and Roman contemporaries to prevent and control locust outbreaks. Biological pest control wast recorded around 300 AD in China, when colonies of weaver ants were intentionally placed in citrus plantations to control infestations of beetles and caterpillars


Leading up to 200 B.C., different civilisations had already implemented the use of mosquito nets and built high sleeping towers to avoid mosquitos. The Roman Cato reported the use of oils, sprays, bitumen sticky bands, ash, and sulphur bitumen ointments for pest control.


Fast Forward To The Renaissance


The Renaissance period brought with it a surge resurgence of scientific inquiry and a better understanding of the organisms that became pests. The invention of the compound microscope in the seventeenth century resulted in a flood of new knowledge about the lifecycles and habits of our tiny foes. Pest control methods reflected a greater biological understanding during this time, though their effectiveness remained limited in many cases.


In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, several plant insecticides such as pyrethrum, derris, quassia, and tobacco leaf infusion were discovered and widely used throughout Europe. During this time, the awareness of certain chemicals and their detrimental health effects became known.


Modern Pest Control Methods


Chemical pest management became more common with the industrialisation and mechanisation of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries and the invention of the insecticides; pyrethrum and derris. The discovery of various synthetic pesticides, including DDT and herbicides in the 20th century accelerated this growth. A keen renewed scientific interest in traditional and biological pest control methods developed towards the end of the 20th century and continue to advance to this day, continually striving toward sustainable and environmentally innovations.


In urban areas and industrial zones, pests include rats, birds, insects, and other species that share a habitat with us and feed on and destroy our personal property. Exclusion, repulsion, physical removal, or environmentally friendly chemical techniques are used to control pest outbreaks. Alternatively, biological control approaches, including sterilisation programs, can be implemented.


Pest Control Solutions To Suit Your Needs


When it comes to pest management solutions, Revolution Pest Management not only meets but exceeds all of your expectations. Whether you have residential, commercial, or industrial requirements in Newcastle - pest control can be professional, efficient and cost-effective with revolution pest management. It's a service that has been necessary since the dawn of time and continue to be so far into the future.


Our technicians have the experience and skills to handle almost any type of job. Contact us atenquiries@revolutionpestmanagement.com.au for an obligation free quote today.


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