Farmers in Africa use beehives to protect their crops from the largest and arguably most destructive crop pest in Africa: the elephant. Bees can’t sting through their thick hides but they can sting sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and inner trunk - they hear the hive buzzing and flee. thisiscolossal.com/2015/1…
During the Great Leap Forward, when Chinese sparrows were deemed a pest and tried to be exterminated, some of the sparrows found refuge at the Polish Embassy in Beijing. The Embassy refused to scare away the birds and was surrounded by people playing on drums causing the sparrows to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
In the late 1860's, the Phylloxera (insect) destroyed almost all of the French vineyards and that Americans saved it by exporting some vines to be grafted, resulting in a pest-resistant vine, saving the French from a catastrophic loss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
Today I learned about Bodega Cats, which are the traditional pets kept by several convenience stores in New York City. They act as a form of pest control in stores that are especially prone to rodent infestations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Today I Learned: Canadian Geese can migrate as far as New Zealand, where they were they're considered pests. doc.govt.nz/about-us/our-…
In Australia, that a rabbit is a pest, so they do not celebrate with an Easter Bunny. They celebrate with the Easter Bilby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about Delusional parasitosis, a mental disorder in which individuals have a persistent belief that they are infested with living or nonliving pathogens such as parasites, insects, or bugs, when no such infestation is present. It's most commonly seen in the pest control field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Many bird species engage in "anting", where they actively rub ants onto themselves to excrete their body's chemicals. As to why, hypotheses include using the chemicals to ward off pests, preparing them to eat, for grooming their feathers, and for stimulating themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Cats were kept on ships by Ancient Egyptians for pest control and it become a seafaring tradition. It is believed Domestic cats spread throughout much of the world with sailing ships during Age of Discovery(15th through 18th centuries). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Rice farmers often put fish into their water-laden fields in a process called β€œrice-fish culture.” The fish act as pest control, improve oxygen circulation, and can even fertilize the soil with their droppings. This can increase the crop yield by 10% or more. idrc.ca/sites/default/fil…
, that Schinus therebintifolia, the Brazilian Peppertree also known as rose peppercorn, is a Category I pest classified by The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FL EPPC) and the 'species, including the seed, is legally prohibited from sale, transport, or planting in Florida'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugsβ€”with an even greater variety inside houses in wealthier neighborhoods. Instead of pests, they are mostly benign species that are often so small that we don't notice them. latimes.com/science/scien…
Animal rescue organisations in the US are placing "unadoptable" cats with businesses as natural pest control. In many cases, this positive socialization leads to the cats becoming affectionate permanent employees of the companies. cats.club/unadoptable-she…
Iguanas now outnumber humans on Puerto Rico even though they are not native to the island. They were originally brought there in the 1970's as pets but now are a serious pest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of the Rocky mountain locust- a horrible super common pest across west usa that went extinct in the early 1900s academic.oup.com/bioscien…
During the first World War approximately 500,000 cats were sent to the trenches and warships to control pests and to detect mustard gas. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Hidden hunger", deficiencies in micronutrients, has been a problem for decades in many developing countries because staple food crops were bred for high yield and pest resistance rather than nutritional quality. Experimental golden tubers have far more vitamin A and vitamin E than white potatoes phys.org/news/2017-11-gol…
The New World primary screwworm, once a major pest in the United States, has been completely eradicated through an extensive release program by the USDA of sterilized males. The USDA maintains a sterile screwworm fly production plant and release program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
China had a tiger population of more than 4000 in the 1950s, which is believed to be extinct in the wild since 2001. They were killed off when the government labelled them as pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Australia has an Easter Bilby, not a bunny, since rabbits there are an ecological pest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Chairman Mao declared South Asian tigers as β€œenemies of the people”; as a result several β€œanti-pest” campaigns were launched that brought these animals to the brink of extinction tigertribe.net/tigers-ori…
Rice does not need to grow in water, but since it can survive it, is done so to control weeds and other pests- creating higher yields. sagevfoods.com/MainPages/…
I learned that Bt crops made to be pest resistant are called that because they use genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Rabbits are a huge pest in Australia, and a team released the highly lethal myxoma virus to combat the rabbit population in 1950, which has since mutated and spread to Southern Europe. This has been negatively affecting the European food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
During Mao's China in 1958, thousands of sparrows were killed to try and alleviate a 'pest' problem they posed. In 1960 a huge amount of locusts appeared in China and ate all the crops due to the fact that their natural predator had been destroyed. 20 million Chinese people died after en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
For the first 22 years of its history Georgia banned all lawyers from the colony. Founder James Oglethorpe denounced them as a 'pest and scourge of mankind.' visit-historic-savannah.c…
45 Million people were accidentally starved to death in China due to a pest control program that backfired in 1958. The program eliminated sparrows, which caused bug populations to explode and destroy crops. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Leaf cutter ants learned to farm 50 million years ago, they bring back leaves to feed and grow a fungus that is their food source. They also poop and excrete chemicals around the fungus that protect it against pests. asm.org/index.php/general…
Smaller, sterile bell peppers that are β€œunaffected by weather, pests, or other external conditions” can grow inside of normal sized bell peppers, and is something that occurs in many fruits called internal proliferation. gardeningknowhow.com/edib…
Birds line their nests with cigarette butts to keep them pest free. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
There's a wasp that eats spiders and helps with pest control called the Mud Dauber dengarden.com/pest-contro…
The American mink, known for its soft fur, is actually a formidable rat hunter and can be used for pest control. youtu.be/qrohSeo8rvw
Beatrix Potter's book Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is credited with drastically changing people's attitude towards hedgehogs. Going from a maligned creature treated like a pest to a beloved symbol of the countryside. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
A library in Portugal unleashes a swarm of bats every night to combat book-damaging pests. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1312, a few Cockchafer Beetles, which were a major pest for crop farmers, were brought into a courtroom in Avignon and ordered to withdraw to designated territory. When the beetles (obviously) didn't comply, they were collected and killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is actually comprised of two former cities, Buda and Pest, on either side of the Danube River livingthedreamrtw.com/201…
Wasps are extremely valuable in horticulture since they prey upon almost every pest insect and are used as a natural form of pest control aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
In addition to Buckshot and Bird shot there is also Rat shot. A small calliber bullet cartridge that can be loaded into handguns and rifles to be used as a low power shotgun round effective for killing small pests and birds without damaging buildings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
The company that created Zyklon B, the gas that was used to kill millions of Jews in the Holocaust, still exists, it is currently a pest control company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deg…
Ships often had token pet cats for pest control, including one who went down along with her litter of kittens on the Titanic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
"Towser," a long-haired tortoiseshell female cat, is credited with killing an estimated 28,899 mice in 24 years of work as the resident pest control expert at Glenturret whiskey distillery in Scotland. Guinness Book of Records recognizes her tally as the world record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
Budapest was once two cities, Buda and Pest. They merged in 1873. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
The company that created Zyklon B, the gas that was used to kill millions of Jews in the Holocaust, still exists as a pest control company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deg…
Wasps are important. Not only do they help with pest control, in early summer wasps, like bees, pollinate plants and flowers as they feed on nectar. If we were to eradicate all wasps it would cause more problems than it would solve. wasp-removal.com/wasps.ph…
Today I learned about the Tasmanian Tiger, a marsupial hunted into extinction by farmers after a staged 1921 photo of it eating livestock earned it a reputation as a pest wildmelbourne.org/article…
The city Budapest is actually two cities: Buda and Pest. socialstudiesforkids.com/…
Squirrels were voracious pests in colonial America. Bounties were imposed to reduce populations and some colonies even accepted squirrel scalps as payment for taxes. Colonists became such marksmen from shooting squirrels, they later devastated the ranks of British soldiers during the revolution. wildamerica.com/videos/tr…
The Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, AL, named after the pest that has an enormous effect on the local agriculture and economy, is the only monument in the world built to honor an insect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
A New Zealand school generated controversy over a possum-tossing contest. Students would shoot the possums (an invasive pest in New Zealand) and then see how far they could chuck the marsupial's carcasses. bbc.com/news/world-asia-p…
A stray cat named Humphrey was found and subsequently employed at 10 Downing street as a pest controller, eventually rising to the position of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. After being removed by Cherie Blair, his whereabouts remained unknown until a spokesman reported his death in 2006 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Falcons are used at pest management tools to prevent crop loss due to nuisance birds like starlings. youtube.com/watch?v=SWcWN…
Rice can grow in a wide range of environments, but it is typically grown in submerged fields because it can tolerate such conditions while most weeds and pests cannot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
A South African vineyard's duck parade of over a 1000 ducks doubles as a pest control for erradicating snails, bugs, etc from their vineyards. bigstory.ap.org/article/d…
California has its own border protection agency, and upon entering California from any other state by road, you have to submit your vehicle for inspection. They are making sure you don't have any fruits/vegetables or other agricultural product that could bring in insects/pests from the outside. cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/exte…
Since it's emergence as a potato pest in 1840, the Colorado potato beetle has developed resistance to all classes of insecticides, 56 chemicals in total en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Cricket outbreaks are one of the most predictable pest events of the year in most areas of Texas citybugs.tamu.edu/factshe…
"The Four Pests Campaign" (aka the Kill a Sparrow Campaign) at the beginning of Mao Zedong's "The Great Leap Forward" was an effort to exterminate mosquitoes, flies, rats, and sparrows. Without sparrows, locusts overpopulated, created a famine killing 20-45 million people youtube.com/watch?v=f-woa…
Banksy's official authentication service Pest Control warns that much of his art is "created in an advanced state of intoxication", rendering authentication "lengthy and challenging" pestcontroloffice.com/wha…
In 2006 the researchers at the University of Cambridge developed an environmentally friendly sugar-coated pill with a lethal dose of potassium chloride for controlling one of the world’s biggest environmental and ecological pests – the zebra mussel. cam.ac.uk/research/news/%…
There is a mosquito used in biological pest control because its young eat other mosquito larvae. It is called the Elephant mosquito due to its size, and the adults feed on nectar, not blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tox…
The Hungarian capital, Budapest, was actually a merger between two different cities-Buda and Pest, separated by the river Danube. edition.cnn.com/2013/12/0…
All of Minnesota's native earthworms were killed during the last ice age. Any worm you find in Minnesota is from an introduced species, and should be destroyed as an invasive pest dnr.state.mn.us/invasives…
The Tree Used For Wood In Mesquite BBQ Is An Invasive Species And A Pest In Texas agric.wa.gov.au/declared-…
Some sailors believed that polydactyl cats were better at catching pests, possibly connected with the suggestion that extra digits give a polydactyl cat better balance, important when at sea. In some places polydactyl cats became known as "ship's cats". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Three separate settlements of Pest, Buda and Γ“buda (literally "Old" Buda) united in the year 1872 to form Budapest, the capital of Hungry budapest.com/city_guide/g…
In 1987 Hialeah Florida passed an ordinance making it illegal to kill any animals in an attempt to curtail the practices of a Santeria church - but exempted slaughterhouses, pest control, and the feeding of live rabbits to greyhounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
House centipede is good for house pest control (especially if you have bed bugs) voices.yahoo.com/house-ce…
Joanina Library, in Portugal - considered the most beautiful library in the world - has bats act as pest control to protect books. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In India some leopards live hidden in urban areas and prey at night on pets, pests, and livestock. Occasionally they attack women and children. The government pays families $12,300 for attacks that are fatal. ngm.nationalgeographic.co…
The most common pest cockroach called the "German cockroach" in English, is called the "Russian cockroach" in German, and called a "Prussian cockroach" in Russian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Until 1873 there were separate cities of Buda and Pest. That year they united, becoming Budapest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pes…
Between the 13th and 18th Centuries it was common to have criminal trials with animal defendants. Animals on trial were most often pigs, bulls, horses, and cows or pests such as rats and weevils. They were routinely provided with lawyers and if convicted animals were executed or exiled. medievalists.net/2013/09/…
During a World Cup qual match between Iran and Australia in 1997, serial pest Peter Hore ran onto the field and cut the Iranian team's net. Australia was up 2-0. The resulting delay was a turning point in the match, allowing the Iranian team to regain their composure and go on to win. theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a…
Walt Disney World not only has its own government, but it also uses an army of friendly bugs, chickens, and snakes to control pests. themeparktourist.com/feat…
Cockroaches are cannibalistic. All three of the major pest cockroach species: German, American, and Oriental are known to show cannibalistic tendencies, and there's a strong chance it occurs in the other 4,494 species. rentokil.com/blog/canniba…
Up until 1975 a "ship cat" was present on most navy ships, mainly to control pests. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Wild hogs are a pest problem in the American South, so people can pay to shoot them from helicopters with a machine gun. youtube.com/watch?v=b7O7o…
Cane toads were introduced in Australia with the intent to control the cane beetle, a pest of the sugar cane. Efforts to control the beetles failed, and worse, cane toads were very much worse pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Wasps are a valuable tool in pest control because they wont eat crops and lay their eggs inside the bodies of other insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
[] In 1958, the Chinese declared war on Sparrows, thinking that they were a pest. After killing billions, their crops were all but wiped out by locusts. The sparrows had been the only thing controlling the locust population youtube.com/watch?v=LjRZI…
There's a pest management hall of fame pmphalloffame.net/
Ants have not only been using agriculture for 50 million years, but also antibiotics to control pests in their gardens pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/li…
The fermented scent of indigo dye is a powerful pest repellent, which made blue cloth so common in Asian summer wear that indigo was nicknamed "Japan blue" in Britain in the 19th Century. japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp…
In Australia, they use the Easter Bilby instead of the Easter Bunny, because rabbits are pests in Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Wasps are beneficial predators that hunt well-known pests, such as mosquitoes, flies, and beetle larvae. phys.org/news/2012-10-bee…
There are "book scorpions" that live in our books and keep pests like lice away bookriot.com/2014/07/10/f…
Fritz Darges, a personal adjutant to Hitler, was dismissed on a spot at a strategy conference. A fly began buzzing around the room and an irritated Hitler ordered Darges to kill it. Darges suggested that since it was an airborne pest, it was the Luftwaffe adjutant's responsibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Australia plans to use a herpes virus to control pest populations of carp in Australian waterways csiro.au/en/Research/BF/A…
Today I learned of the Great Sparrow Campaign in China when sparrows were hunted down for being pests, which caused the locust population to explode and eat up most of China's crop, which the sparrows were originally killed for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Camels have become a pest in Australia daff.qld.gov.au/__data/as…
The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo are not only common in their native habitats in Australia but also considered to be pests. Despite this, it is illegal to capture these birds and sell or keep them as pets. billabongsanctuary.com.au…
That the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) tried to create a market of nutria meat for human consumption, in order to control the population of these giant rodents (considered big pests) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coy…
Until 1920, there had been a native parrot in America: the Carolina Parakeet. They were killed as agricultural pests. ivorybill.com/g/carolinap…
Budapest is 2 different cities, Buda and Pest. cnn.com/2013/12/03/travel…
In 1919, Enterprise, Alabama, erected an elaborate monument in the middle of town to honor the boll weevil for its profound influence on the area’s agriculture and economy. This is the world’s first monument built to honor an agricultural pest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
The American Acclimatazation Society released 100 Starlings into Central Park as part of a project to introduce all birds from Shakespeare plays into the U.S. The species spread from this group across North America and is now considered a pest. 10000birds.com/we-got-the…
Little Brown Bats are facing Extinction because of humans. Which will cost us Billions in the long run for crop pest control. wired.com/2014/08/bats-wh…
During the Four Pests Campaign in China, a large flock of sparrows found political asylum in the Polish embassy, and the ambassador attempted to protect the sparrows by denying entry to the Chinese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
The City of Chicago has several packs of coyotes roaming the city. The city tags and tracks them as they help with pest control. npr.org/blogs/krulwich/20…

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