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As bugs are called generally smaller animals which are undesirable. The term is often used as a synonym for pests or animals that transmit diseases or that appear to be a nuisance to humans (see pests ). In everyday language, animals that are harmless and harmless, but cause fear or disgust, are often referred to as vermin. Such disgusting vermin and its breeding is also called vermin called.

Similar to weeds and weeds, the term vermin came about as a counterpart to pests . This meant animals that are suitable for sacrifice.

See also


  • Christel Sachs, Jutta Koop: Uninvited house guests: preventing vermin and combating them in an environmentally friendly manner , Roßdorf: Sachs-Verlag, 1994, ISBN 3-928294-00-8
  • Udo Sellenschlo, Susanne Kolls: Vermin: Prevent and fight naturally. Publications series health and nature, Munich: Verlag Ludwig, 1996, ISBN 3-7787-3530-6
  • Katharina von Engelken, Dominik Hünniger, Steffi Windelen (eds.): Praying, vaccinating, collecting. On cattle disease and pest control in the early modern period - Graduate College Interdisciplinary Environmental History , Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2007, ISBN 3938616954 ( read online )

Web links

Wikiquote: Bugs  - Quotes
Wiktionary: vermin  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Geschmeiß, das. In: Adelung, grammatical-critical dictionary of the high German dialect. Volume 2. Leipzig 1796, p. 615.
  2. Geschmeiß, das. In: .