Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 22

Exterminator

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 03, 2003 on The History Channel
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Exterminator
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They have been here for longer than us, and there are many, many more of them. They buzz, skitter and fly, chew, gnaw and occasionally draw blood. Lumped under the broad category of pests and vermin, they are one of the constant enemies in man's battle to maintain dominion over house and home. And the strongest weapon we have is THE EXTERMINATOR. MODERN MARVELS® traces the evolution from the simple pest-control measures employed by ancient farmers to the high-tech arsenal of poisons, baits and traps deployed by the "Orkin Man" and his colleagues today. This inside look at the multi-billion dollar pest-control industry includes flights with mosquito exterminators in Florida, ride-alongs with cockroach killers in Los Angeles (the city where these prehistoric survival specialists pose the greatest problem), and an inside look at how the New York City Department of Health attempts to contain the rats that outnumber the city's 8 million human residents. The weapons in this war have become increasingly high tech, and the foot soldier--the exterminator--has become ever more sophisticated and ecologically aware.moreless
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      • Narrator: All around us a battle is raging, a battle for control of the planet. The occupying army buzzes and skitters and some of them are out for blood. But in this war we have our own soldiers, armed with the best weapons available, charged with stemming an onslaught of tiny adversaries. These warriors of the basement, garden and field fight for the dominance of our own species. Now: The Exterminator, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Larry Adams
        Pest Control Specialist, NYC Department of Health

        Cindy Mannes
        National Pest Management Association

        Steven Kutcher
        Entomologist

        Dennis Moore
        Entomologist

        Gary Bennett
        Professor of Entomology, Purdue University

        Tommy Stewart
        Mosquito Larvae Inspector, Lee County

        Mike Lawton
        Technical Specialist, Western Exterminator Co.

        Frederick Lee Reece
        Pest Control Specialist, Western Exterminator Co.

        James H. Gibson
        Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Health

        Harriet Weaver
        Pest Control Specialist, NYC Department of Health

        Harry E. Whaley
        President, Woodstream Corporation

        John Chapman
        Entomologist, Terminix International

        Susan Fries
        President, Ecola Services, Inc

        Armando Soria
        Pest Control Specialist, Ecola Services, Inc

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