About a month ago, my apartment had some unwelcome visitors in the form of cream-colored little worms writhing about on my kitchen and bathroom floor. Maggots. It was deeply unsettling, but, as always, science was on my side, with its pressurized cans of grocery store poison, specifically calibrated for my particular pest problem. Sure, we were sweeping up scores of dead fly bodies for weeks, but at least they were dead.
This week's archive gallery takes a look at all the different ways we humans like to destroy the creatures that bother us. Sometimes we poison them, sometimes we let an aesthetically-pleasing electrical lamp zap them from a comfortable distance away. Sometimes we build clever traps and sometimes we BURN THEM WITH FIRE.
Enter the gallery above to take a journey with us down the lane of pest control's past. We'll take a pit stop to go a-ratting with some old timey techniques, scrunch our nose a bit at our unfortunate obsession with DDT and emerge with a slew of options at the ready the next time we find ourselves confronted with unwanted houseguests.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.