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Scientists Have Figured Out This Weird Technique To Control Fire Ants

pest controlAnyone who says pest control is not interesting has failed to do their due diligence. The practice is ancient, reaching back thousands of years to when early agrarian societies would alternate different rows of crops, avoiding the susceptibility that comes with monocultures. Today, high-output mechanized crop producers use a variety of chemical pesticides to achieve pest prevention, growing huge amounts of the same crop that would be ravaged otherwise. With current farming techniques, in the absence of some form of pest control, it would be impossible to sustain a nation anywhere near the size of the United States. In fact, the National Pest Management Association estimates that without the pest control industry, 50% of our food supply could be destroyed by rodents and insects.

Agricultural pest elimination is just one piece of the puzzle, however. Residential extermination and pest detection services are essential to quality of life -- without these experts, many homes would be damaged and their food ransacked. While conventional insect traps can be very effective, scientists in Japan have figured out a highly inventive and impactful technique for stopping the scourge of fire ants: wasabi.

While fire ants originated in South America, they are now a nuisance worldwide thanks to the globalization of the shipping industry. According to Atlas Obscura, fire ants now can be found in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Though their presence has been noted in Japan for no more than a couple years, researchers at the University of Hyogo have already pioneered microencapsulated allyl isothiocyanate technology to eradicate the pests. This compound which makes wasabi, horseradish, and mustard so intense is extremely toxic to ants, killing them following contact with the capsules.

In a paper on the new technology, the researchers explain that while allyl isothiocyanate's toxicity to ants was known previously, it would not be used for pest control in shipping vessels due to its tendency to evaporate. However, the microencapsulation technique circumvents this issue by containing the volatile organic compound and releasing the vapor slowly over time. This should vastly reduce the transportation of fire ants via containerized cargo.

The pest control industry is constantly innovating and pushing the envelope to ensure that these creatures cannot wreak havoc on human society. If you have a pest problem you need taken care of, give Pest EZ a call right away.

How Can I Get Rid Of Mice In My Apartment?

It's crucial to contact a pest elimination service or wildlife management service as soon as you detect in a pest in your home. Wild rodents can harbor and spread more than 200 million human diseases. If you suspect you have a rodent in your home or some other type of wildlife, Pest EZ is the pest control service for you. To learn more about our pest control specialists and pest prevention services, contact Pest EZ today.

5 Common Questions About Bed Bugs

A bed bug infestation can be frustrating and overwhelming. Home treatments might seem like they work for a while until the bed bugs return. At Pest-EZ, we help those in the Plymouth, Ann Arbor, Novi, Highland, Canton, and all throughout Oakland and Wayne County, Michigan, areas to prevent and remove bed bugs. We offer eco-friendly pest control services and look forward to helping you with your pest control needs. Call us today at 734-394-7593 or fill out our online contact form to get rid of those annoying bed bugs today.

What Animal Is Living In My Attic?

Animals often scavenge around properties for food and shelter. Unfortunately, if your home has an open nook or cranny, these critters can find their way inside. If you're hearing sounds like thumps and scratching around your walls or ceiling,...

4 Ways to Keep Bees Away From Your Home This Summer

Some bees sting and some cause damage to your house. Either way, as useful as bees are to the ecosystem, they are not useful when they make it into your home. If you have a problem with carpenter, yellow jacket, honey, or bumblebees, it is important to understand where they are coming from. Call one of our bee experts today at Pest-EZ at 734-394-7593.

4 Types of Ants You Might Find in Your Michigan Home

These are just a few of the types of ants that you might find in your Oakland County, Michigan, house. Ants have the ability to not only become a nuisance but to also damage the structures of your house. Call us today at Pest EZ at 734-394-7593 to schedule an expert ant removal service.
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