THE FEASIBILITY OF GARLIC (Allium sativum)
AS MOSQUITO (Aedes vexan) REPELLANT
Submitted as partial fulfillment of the
Requirements in Research I
Davao City National High School
F.Torres St. Davao City
Janela D. Las Duce
Agnes L. Padinas
Deianne Kyle G. Villanueva
Mr. Julius I. Centina
Background of the Study
More often than not, people buy chemicals to control pests and diseases. But there are ways to control them without spending too much. In fact, some of those can be found right in the farm or backyard. For individuals, studies have shown that coating the body with a jelly based compound including garlic can keep mosquitoes away for some time. Obviously such a method, whilst effective against bites, has fairly major social side effects.
The study was conducted because the garlic contains powerful compounds such as allicin which garlic releases are inimical to mosquitoes. They have therefore evolved to avoid garlic. Another possibility is that the strong smell of garlic overwhelms the mosquito's sense of smell. Allicin does not occur in "ordinary" garlic, it is produced when garlic is finely chopped or crushed. The finer the chopping and the more intensive the crushing, the more allicin is generated and the stronger the medicinal effect. (http://www.garlic-central.com/allicin.html)
Statement of the Problem
This research was conducted to test the feasibility of allium sativum as a mosquito killer for the control of mosquitoes that bring many kinds of diseases, such as Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis and West Nile Fever. This study was also conducted because insecticides are too expensive to buy. People are also using katol that produces smoke which is not suitable in our respiratory system.
Significance of the Study
Nowadays, we know that it is very important to search for alternative non-chemical means of controlling mosquitoes....
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