Mosquito Repellent Study

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University of the Philippines Integrated School
Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Q.C.

Investigative Laboratory 9

Mosqui-Rellent
Discovering the truth in mosquito-repellent light bulbs

Submitted by:
Justin Frederick Madjus
Mikaela Elzbette Neri
Ian Gilbert Villanueva
Submitted to:
Ms. Zenaida Bojo
April 2, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract .....................................................................................................................................3 Introduction………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………….………4 Review of Related Literature……………………………………………………………………………….………………5 Methodology………………………………………………………………………………………………….………..………….8 Results………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………….10 Discussion………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………11 Set-Up………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………………..……….…………14 Recommendations……………………………………………………………………………………………..……………14 Acknowledments……………………………………………………………………………………………………….…….14 Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,……………15

MOSQUI-RELLENT

ABSTRACT

This study aims to confirm that mosquito-repellent light bulbs do not work because of complaints from certain users saying that even though they use mosquito-repellent light bulbs, they still get mosquito bites. The purpose of the study is to provide consumer awareness so that they would spend their money on effective and useful products. The results of this study were purely based on the observational skills of the researchers. The experiment was performed using a wooden box covered by chicken wire, a mosquito-repellent light bulb, and a set of forty mosquitoes caught by using nets. The researchers observed the reaction of the said insect towards the light bulb for ten minutes. The mosquitoes were concentrated on the lower part of the box and only once did it hit the bulb. Comparing the results to the reaction of the mosquitoes towards a fluorescent light bulb wherein the mosquitoes were scattered and hit the bulb sixteen times in ten minutes, the group concluded that the hypothesis was wrong and mosquito-repellent light bulbs work.

I. Introduction

A.Background of the Study
Mosquitoes are consistent household problems. At least once in our lifetime have we felt the annoying sensation brought about by the bloodsucking mosquitoes? And in order to ward these pests off, mosquito-repelling light bulbs were introduced in the local market and many more are being sold. These products claim their effectiveness in keeping mosquitoes at bay but the competence of these products against mosquitoes is in question. Mosquito-repelling light bulbs claim to repel mosquitoes without the use of dangerous chemicals such as DDT, DEET, spray pesticides, foggers, etc. This innovation in warding mosquitoes combines the energy saving compact fluorescent lamp with mosquito-repelling lighting technology. Mosquitoes are claimed to be repelled by a special yellow spectrum of light emitted by these mosquito-repelling light bulbs thus sending them away from your household and business areas. This light bulbs aim to limit the diseases caused by mosquitoes such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis B, etc. B. Statement of the Study

The group will determine if the available mosquito-repelling light bulb locally is effective. The consumers must be aware if what they spend money on is really functioning to its claims. The group would also like to determine the factors that affect the effectiveness of the light bulbs especially the color. We would also compare the effectiveness of mosquito light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs covered with yellow, green, blue and white cellophane. C.Significance of the Study

This problem is important in order to determine if the mosquito-repelling light bulbs work and to what extent. Consumers should know the kind of light bulb that works best and most efficiently in...
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