Pests are really pests. They harm our bodies and the place that we live in. Some of these pests terrify and scare people although in other cultures, people truly eat some types of pest. Yes, eating pests is one form of pest control aside from pesticides. But since time immemorial, human beings have waged continued battle against pests and neither camp has ever won. As technology advances, different methods of controlling pests also become more complex and are able to kill thousands of them. However, these creatures are nevertheless part of our existence up to this day. With that, we ask ourselves, should we really annihilate different types of pests?
It is possible but there are repercussions involved. It has been proven in several scientific studies that destruction of one pest is an advantage for the other types of pests. For example, when people try to control the rat population, flies became more abundant in the ecosystem. This is because they do not have rats to feast on. consequently, they get out and attack garbage bins, houses, and other locations that are attractive to flies.
Proposing a total annihilation to some types of pests is tinkering with the balance of character. We must bear in mind that there are always advantages and disadvantages associated with this. For example, mosquitoes are a food source for frogs so when there not enough of these, you can expect that frogs will look for other food source and God forbid, the one that frogs may find to their liking might have pharmaceutical benefits to man. Have you not ever wondered why some people across the globe eat locusts, cockroaches, and rats? They do because they find perceived nutritional benefits from it other than satisfying hunger and as some sort of controlling pests within their vicinity.
The scientific community use different types of pests to serve as guinea pigs for their experiments and study different them for technological improvements. For example, scientists have often wondered why roaches can survive a nuclear war. With that, they are now dissecting this kind of pest in search for the protective part that will help man survive a possible nuclear apocalypse. If we totally eliminate some types of pest to prevent diseases, we might also gain more unhealthy health destruction. In our biology class back in school, we learn that one form of life supplement another variety. consequently, this complementary system is a natural form of protection for mankind against more damaging diseases.
With that, we can now understand why people have used the term ‘pest control‘ instead of pest massacre or genocide. It is the realisation that we do need some of the pests in this planet as a method of controlling other pests also. The elimination of one pest is the propagation of another kind of pest. Clearly, pest control recognises the reality that balance of character should be observed. consequently, the approach is population containment and not extinction. As such, people should always be prepared with pesticides to protect themselves and at the same time prevent pest explosion within their households.