Praying mantises are able to prey on small birds like hummingbirds, eating them alive. Often used as pest control, large mantises made their way into North America, perching in trees, gardens and bird feeders. huffpost.com/entry/prayin…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
Disneyland has a community of cats that help control the pest population vice.com/en/article/vdpj7…
To suppress the pest population, scientists genetically engineered male Diamondback Moths and released them into the wild so that they would mate with females, giving off female offspring which would die during the caterpillar life stage, while the male offspring survive and repeats the cycle. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
Acclimatization societies in the 1800s and 1900s introduced non-native species into new areas. Their intent was usually to release animals as sources of game or to combat pests. In some other cases, species were introduced to provide some color and birdsong for homesick settlers. unintendedconsequenc.es/i…
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…
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…
The Gold Coast, Australia has a thriving population of wild deer. There are 3 species in the area (Rusa deer, Red deer, and Fallow deer), and they are considered feral pests. goldcoast.qld.gov.au/mobi…
Australia constructed a number of pest-exclusion fences in an (unsuccessful) attempt to control rabbit and dingo populations - at one time, the rabbit-proof fence was the longest unbroken fence in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
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…
Chicago's pest-control enterprises in 2017 removed over 14,000 skunks. Chicago likely got its name from tribal words meaning either skunk, on the skunk, skunk tail warning-movement, smelly wild onions, or skunk town. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
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…
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…
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: Canadian Geese can migrate as far as New Zealand, where they were they're considered pests. doc.govt.nz/about-us/our-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Australia has an Easter Bilby, not a bunny, since rabbits there are an ecological pest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
"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, 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…
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…
The American mink, known for its soft fur, is actually a formidable rat hunter and can be used for pest control. youtu.be/qrohSeo8rvw
Budapest was once two cities, Buda and Pest. They merged in 1873. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
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…
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…

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