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Extraterrestrial Pest Control


Could space ships be the technician vans?Today my mind was pondering, as it does, constantly, regarding technology evolving to the point where humans start urbanizing other PLANETS.

It would be almost selfish to assume that we are the only life form in the universe that is supposedly infinite.

So my mind wandered to the thought of how Rentokil would adapt to doing business or pest control services on other planets? Would all technicians be provided with the latest space vehicles equipped to battle intergalactic pests in people’s homes and businesses?

On planets with low gravity the pests could possibly be 5-8 times bigger. How gross would it be having cockroaches the size of your fist in your dwelling?

Or rodents the size of Maltese poodles? That’s if our pests are even similar to the ones that could be found in the far reaches of the galaxy. Or what about planets with high gravity?

Bedbugs may have evolved to be microscopic and Rentokil would have to use specialized space-age nano-bot pesticides to combat these invaders! I certainly would not be very keen on space travel if the accommodation on other planets had these sorts of pests!

One has to wonder if humans do eventually start inhabiting other planets one day whether we might be the pests of more developed life forms.

No one really knows what the future holds, but I think it would be safe to assume Rentokil is protecting you from most pests on earth right now. And with the amount of time and effort we pour into R&D, we’ll be well-equipped for the day humans do start colonizing other planets and have to deal with extraterrestrial pests.

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  1. Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Daniel,

    Quite amusing. Sorry to inform you but the fist sized cockroaches have already conquered planet earth.

    Check google on Macropanesthia rinoceros, the Australian burrowing rhino roach (beautiful name, isn’t it)
    and there is the Giant Cave Cockroach (Blaberus giganteus).

    Luckily we commonly would not encounter them in our homes, unless we keep them as pets :-)



  2. Posted March 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Cardassian Vole - Star TrekIn Star Trek the space-station Deep Space Nine had a problem with Cardassian Voles that infested uninhabited parts of the station. Cardassian Voles are hairy with 6 legs and grow upto 25cm in length.

    Deep Space Nine’s devious bartender Quark tried to exploit the situation by painting numbers on their backs, training them to fight and encouraging customers to bet on the Vole Fights. In the end his bar was shut down temporarily to deal with the infestation – serves him right!

  3. Posted March 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    How about those troubles with tribbles on the original version of Star trek. They were pests for sure…

  4. Posted March 23, 2011 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    @ Benjamin: I looked up those cockroaches on the Google images – wish that I hadn’t – Those creatures will haunt my dreams forever!!! especially the Giant Cave roach – I guess ignorance is blish

    @Leyton: Never even thought of the pest from Star Trek – There more interesting pests from Star Trek like the Ceti Eel – that enter the victim through the ear and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex causing the host very serious pain, and when they grow bigger they eventually cause death of the host – why don’t you do a blog post on all the star trek “pests” there many ;) Gagh (snake), Regulan bloodworms…

    @Keith: I agree tribbles are definitely pests – kind of like our rodents – reproduce very quick :-)

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