DDT

I am going to go into detail on what DDT is and what it is used for.

Definition of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane):

DDT

DDT

DDT is one of the most well-known synthetic organic compound pesticides.  It is a chemical with a very unique and long history. It was first created in the year of 1874. DDT’s insecticidal properties werent fully recognized until 1939, and it was applied and used with excellent results in the second half of World War II to control and maintain typhus and Malaria among the people and the troops. There was a very talented swiss chemist by the name of  Paul Hermann Müller who was awarded with the prestigous Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1948 “for his discovery of the of DDT as a contact poison against several insects. After World War II, DDT was available for use as an agricultural insecticide, and shortly after that its production and use increased dramatically. Because of all these  many uses for DDT, the United States used a large amount of it in the mid to late 1900′s. The amount was up to 220 million pounds produced of DDT in one year!

As a pesticide DDT was so effective in killing insects  that is was referred to as the “atomic bomb” of pesticides. They realized that DDT could also be used on farms to control some common agricultural pests and insects.

Here is a list of some of the pest controlled by DDT Pesticide:

  • Various Potato Beetles
  • Tobacco Budworms
  • Corn Earword
  • Cotton Bollworm
  • Coddling Moth

DDT Usage Today:

DDT is no longer used in the U.S anymore but DDT continues to be used in other parts of the world. Manydifferent countries still use DDT to control malaria and mosquitos. There has been many talks about bringing it back so we will have to just sit back, wait, and see.  I think that it would be beneficial, especially to take care of the bed bug plague that has been sweeping the nation.

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