Pepper Pesticide

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Chapter 1
Problem and its Settings

This chapter contained Introduction, Background of the study, Scope and Limitations, Significance of the Study and Statement of the problem.

Introduction
Unwanted insects are a nuisance in the garden, and can quickly make short work of healthy plants. It can devour your garden in matter of days. Keeping bugs and pests out of the garden can be a challenge, particularly if you are opposed to using insecticides or commercial products on your plants. Fortunately, hot peppers are an effective way to control most garden pests. It is a good alternative for many pests, including aphids, hornworms, cabbageworms, caterpillars, and flea beetles, and other pests that can suck the life out of a plant. Hot peppers can add more than spice to your meal. They can also serve as a helpful, natural insecticide. The preparation is actually quite simple. Making your own organic pepper pesticide takes a little work, but the results are an organic repellent that will not harm your plants or pose a risk to your family. Any type of hot pepper will do.

Background of the study
There are many kinds of pests in our home, like termites, ants, cockroaches, etc. They cause many problems. So, find the better solution of how to get rid of these pests that’s not so expensive, like pepper pesticide. The hotness of pepper will sure kill that unwanted pests in home. This is cheaper and very easy to do. According to www.wikipedia.com Pepper has a substance called capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonemide) or collectively called capsaicinids that serves as an irritant which makes pests irritated and later be killed. Pepper insecticide can be made at home to kill the aforementioned insects as well as aphids, ants, spider mites and scale insects; and can also deter snails and slugs. Chile Pepper is an example of peppers that can be used to create an alternative pesticide. According to http://articles.latimes.com /2008/aug/16/science/sci-peppers16, Chile peppers responded by growing built-in pesticides -- capsaicinoids, the chemical compounds that give chile’s their distinctive zesty taste. Scientists had surmised that capsaicinoids evolved as a defense against invading bugs, be they insects or fungi. From synthetic pesticides to organic insecticides, you have a lot of choices when it comes to pest control. In fact, Commercial pesticides made with chemicals are slowly falling out of favour compared with organic pesticides. This research aimed to know the different results of the product in different concentration.

Statement of the problem
The main purpose of the study was to produce an organic pesticide made from pepper comparable to commercially made pesticide. This study aimed specifically to answer the following questions: 1. What was the average time to kill one insect when sprayed with: a) Pepper (experimental)

b) Baygon (commercial)
2. What was the average amount of pesticide used to kill one insect when sprayed with: a) Pepper (experimental)
b) Baygon (commercial)
3. What was the average number of insects killed in one spray when sprayed with: a) Pepper (experimental)
b) Baygon (commercial)
4. Was the experimental product comparable to the commercially made one?

Scope and Limitation
This study covered four set ups, the commercial brand (Baygon) and the experimental brand (pepper pesticide) in its different concentration. The researchers chose Baygon as the commercial product because of its chemical component that is proven to be very effective. Pepper as an alternative pesticide as the experimental product because of its hotness and its substance called capsaicin which serves as an irritant which makes pests irritated and later be killed. Also it has a cheaper price than the commercially made one. This study limited the usage of pepper, because pepper can also irritate as much as it will do to pests.

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