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Indiana Pesticide Applicators, Did You Know?

You may think that today's methods of pest control are the most modern, but did you know that practically every method in use today has origins dating to B.C.?

According to a report of ancient Greek and Roman agrarian literature covering a period roughly 200 BC to 200 AD, protective seed coverings, olive oil, soda, smoke, ashes, leek juice, and salt were commonly used to control blight, mildew, pests, and other plant ailments.

Many substances were created from chemicals and minerals commonly found in plants, animals, trees and native soils.

Ancient agronomists used a variety of methods for pest control, including selectively placing plants such as bay, cedar fig, cumin and garlic in rows among their crops. Such plants were thought to kill or repel various insects.

Soaking seeds in leek juice was thought to prevent fungal diseases such as blight and mildew. Many insects commonly treated are similar to those we deal with today. The liquid distillation of extracts of lupine flowers and wild cucumber were commonly used as natural deterrents.

Such practices are quite similar to those in use by today’s organic gardeners and farmers wishing to avoid the use of synthetic chemicals.  Today's organic farmers often use seaweed to keep potato beetles at bay or plant a combination of onions, garlic, and herbs together to naturally prevent predators.

Anyone wanting to further their knowledge base and gain valuable continuing education recertification credits at the same time need only visit Certified Training Institute.

Indiana Certified Applicators must re-certify by December 31st.

The amount of continuing education you need varies by certification type. You'll find everything you need to meet State required continuing education as well as prelicensure and Worker Protection Standards (WPS) training (in English and Spanish!) for your workers.  It's all online and available 24/7 from any computer, smartphone or mobile device. You choose when and where to study!


References: History of Pesticide UseNY Times Archives,

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