Before entering fully into the meaning of the term fumigation, we are going to proceed to know its etymological origin. In this case, we can underline that it is a word that derives from Latin, exactly from “fumigatio”, which can be translated as “the action and effect of disinfecting using vapors and fumes”. A word that is the result of the sum of the following lexical components:
-The noun “fumus”, which is synonymous with “smoke”.
-The verb “agere”, which means “to do”.
-The suffix “-cion”, which is used to indicate “action and effect”.
To the act of fumigating it is known as fumigation. The action consists of the use of airborne dusts, vapors, gases or smoke to achieve the disinfection of something or delete pests Of crops.
Fumigation, in this way, usually takes place from the use of chemical products that are spread from an airplane or applied in another way. The purpose is repel or destroy pests that can affect plants or Health of people.
In the field of farming, the massive use of pesticides in fumigations occurred from the decade of 1980, when highly effective and low-cost products were developed. This made it possible to start protecting crops in a more efficient way. However, in the long term, the intense use of these biocides causes damage to the environment and even makes pests resistant.
Fumigation is also a common practice in the urban environment. In houses and buildings, fumigation is necessary to achieve the elimination of animals that can be vectors of diseases, as is the case of cockroaches and the rats.
When carrying out the fumigation of the home to end the existence of a specific pest, it is necessary to proceed to follow a series of recommendations in order to achieve the correct result and also to avoid damage to the health of whoever undertakes that process. We are referring to tips such as these:
-You have to protect yourself adequately to avoid that the specific product that is going to be used can cause skin conditions or can be breathed, since they are usually toxic. Therefore, you must protect your skin and nose as well as your eyes and you must also wear gloves.
-At all times, you must follow the indications indicated on the packaging of the product in question.
-It must be applied, above all, in the most “conflictive” areas and it is necessary to close the rooms in question well for the product to take effect.
On the other hand, the authorities must take care of the fumigation of public spaces (parks, squares, etc.). This action is essential to combat diseases, infections such as dengue and the yellow fever, which are transmitted by mosquitoes.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, to cite one case, is a carrier of the virus that cause the diseases mentioned above (dengue and yellow fever). As the females of this species lay their eggs in stagnant water, to avoid epidemics it is necessary to prevent the water from accumulating in the open air and to carry out fumigation tasks.