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infestation

[in-fe-stey-shuh n] /ˌɪn fɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of infesting; state of being infested.
2.
a harassing or troublesome invasion:
an infestation of ants.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English infestacio(u)n < Late Latin infestātiōn- (stem of infestātiō). See infest, -ation
Related forms
reinfestation, noun
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  • Bt breaks down quickly in sunlight, and several applications may be required to control an infestation.
  • If the infestation is light, cut off and burn infected stems and branches.
  • If the infestation is severe, pairs of traps may be required in several runways.
  • It is an unprecedented infestation that could become a catastrophe.
  • Twelve days later, he killed them and estimated the extent of their infestation.
  • Also, boat owners are not always as diligent as they might be when it comes to inspecting their vessels for signs of infestation.
  • Because of this, no house is safe from a bed bug infestation.
  • Once you arrive at the hotel, you should do an inspection of the area to look for indicators of a bed bug infestation.
  • Brown or red stains on the sheets may also be indicative of an infestation.
  • If you can drive your new mattress home from the store yourself you are more likely to avoid a bed bug infestation altogether.
Word Origin and History for infestation
n.

early 15c., from Late Latin infestationem (nominative infestatio) "a troubling, disturbing, molesting," noun of action from past participle stem of infestare (see infest).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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