Title

The Effects And Chemistry Of Natural Repellants Versus Chemically Formulated Repellents On Melittobia Digitata

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Consumer Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Written Paper Award

1st Place

Abstract

In this experiment, the purpose was to determine if chemically formulated repellants or natural-based repellents have a greater effect when tested on Wow Bugs; Melittobia digitata. The independent variable used in this experiment was the repellents used on the Melittobia digitata, which were lemongrass oil and OFF insect repellant. The dependent variable was how the Melittobia digitata reacted to the various repellants. The hypothesis for this study was if the chemically formulated repellent DEET and a natural repellant are used, then more Melittobia digitata will be repelled by DEET. The researchers found that the DEET based repellant was the most effective. An ANOVA test showed the data to not be statistically significant because there was not enough variation between data sets. Therefore, the results of this study does support the hypothesis.

Location

Owens 103

Start Date

4-16-2016 8:45 AM

End Date

4-16-2016 10:30 AM

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Apr 16th, 8:45 AM Apr 16th, 10:30 AM

The Effects And Chemistry Of Natural Repellants Versus Chemically Formulated Repellents On Melittobia Digitata

Owens 103

In this experiment, the purpose was to determine if chemically formulated repellants or natural-based repellents have a greater effect when tested on Wow Bugs; Melittobia digitata. The independent variable used in this experiment was the repellents used on the Melittobia digitata, which were lemongrass oil and OFF insect repellant. The dependent variable was how the Melittobia digitata reacted to the various repellants. The hypothesis for this study was if the chemically formulated repellent DEET and a natural repellant are used, then more Melittobia digitata will be repelled by DEET. The researchers found that the DEET based repellant was the most effective. An ANOVA test showed the data to not be statistically significant because there was not enough variation between data sets. Therefore, the results of this study does support the hypothesis.