“-cide” is a great suffix. Homicide, suicide, and infanticide are pretty common terms. But you can add cide to any living noun—regicide is the killing of kings. Femicide is the killing of a woman. Giganticide is the killing of a giant (that is actually a word on dictionary.com). Here at Rest Easy Pest Control, our favorite cide is insecticides —we’ve cided more insects than you could ever imagine. Here’s some background on insecticide: Insecticides are agents (chemical, biological, or … [Read more...] about Insecticides: The Upside to Using Them
DDT was a pest-control superstar. First created in 1874, DDT is colorless, tasteless, and nearly odorless. But it wasn’t until 1939 that its bug-killing potential was discovered by a Swiss chemist named Paul Hermann Muller.For this finding, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948. DDT cut its teeth during World War II, and proved to be a savior for the Allies. It was used to kill mosquitoes carrying malaria in the South Pacific, and to kill insects carrying typhus in Europe—both with … [Read more...] about DDT: Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?