Pest Control History

What is pest control?

Pest Control is a way of managing creatures like insects as “pests”. We see pests as a danger to our health and to our surroundings. We call people whom we called “exterminators” when we need to resolve issues with pests.

However, all things come from the beginnings. Let us try to trace down how pest control started. The history of pest control started mainly from agriculture as crops need to be maintained and to be kept away from insects. Parts of Britain use firearms for pest control especially for squirrels, rabbits, rats and those other tiny pests.

People now adays own business’s that specialize in dealing with common house hold pests. They are called Pest Removal services. Each business uses unique equipment and techniques to easily deal with ants, rats, termites, you name it they can deal with it. 


4,500 years ago, sulfur is being used as an insecticide by the Sumerian people. Poisonous plants have been considered as a solution too. It was when the time of 18th and 19th century, the beginning of insecticides such as derris and pyrethrum became pervasive.

We know that China also is famous for the large production of goods nowadays especially in technology. China would never be left behind. In pest control also, they were able to use botanical insecticides for seed treatments in 12000 BC.

Also in 950 BC, burning is one of the ways to kill and manage pests. Oil spray is also considered for pest control in 200 BC. Not only China uses botanical insecticides for seed treatments but they also make use of predatory mites for protecting their orchard. In AD 400, Farmers use arsenic to the roots of rice to control insect infestations.

Before, having documentation and record was not being practiced. In the 1800s, people realized why is there a need to record everything that they need to take not. It started the practice of having books and papers for their documents in pest control. Later in 1880 where the first commercial spray is made and announced.

With those times mentioned above, people are protecting the things important to them why they do and create things that will control pests. However, in 1892, Canada creates a law that using chemicals to spray trees harmful to bees are illegal. Also in 1901, Hawaiians made a record for successful biological weed control.

Later in 1959, K.S. Hagen, R.F. Smith and other scientists introduced the concept of the term “integrated pest management”. The National Environment Policy Act was submitted by the US in 1969 also. With all the developments of Pest Control, in the 1980s, countries experienced a great success in IPM techniques.