By Anthony Stewart, PhD
A pest is any organism that spreads disease, causes destruction or is otherwise a nuisance. We are plagued by many pests but it would take our concerted collective action to get rid of them or keep their population down. Unless all of us do our part as individuals the problem of pests will persist. We are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution.
We may choose to control pest through biological, chemical, or cultural practices. Biological control involves the use of a predator organism to keep down the population of the prey. One example is the use of the ladybird beetle to control the pink mealy bug. Chemical control involves the use of a pesticide to kill the pest. One example is the use of insecticide spray to kill cockroaches. Cultural practices to control pests may include rotating crops, sanitation, trap crops, soil quality management, plowing, resistant plants, among others.
It is the mango season and while we enjoy all the delicious varieties of mangoes, we can all do something to help eliminate the mango seed weevil. The challenge for us is to save and destroy all the mango seeds through burning. If we have mango trees we should also collect all the fallen and spoilt mangoes so that we can destroy the seeds in a similar fashion.
Whatever the pest is we can do our part as individuals to GET RID AH DEM through our own efforts guided by the available information with the most environmentally friendly method.
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