The Insecticidal Potential of Chili Pepper Leaf Extract Against Termites

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The Insecticidal Potential of Chili Pepper Leaf Extract Against Termites

Abstract. The goal of this research is to determine the insecticidal effects of chili pepper leaf extract on termites. Chili pepper leaves were collected then air-dried and oven-dried until brittle. The leaves were then pulverized and milled using the Willey mill. After this, the powdered leaves were boiled in water and filtered. After the preparation of the extract, termites were gathered in two containers. One of the containers was sprayed with the extract. The other container served as the control. The setup was checked every hour for five succeeding hours. Result showed that the extract had no apparent effect on termites.

INTRODUCTION
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DDT is no longer sold in the United States.
Sometimes insects become resistant to an insecticide. That is, the insecticides no longer kill them. Resistance can be avoided by careful use of insecticides. This means controlling the amount and the kinds that are used. It also means spraying limited areas or spraying only certain plants in an area.
Insecticides used in the home may pose harm to people if their fumes are inhaled or if 'there occurs skin contact. Some contain poisons that affect people and pests. These should not be used if young children or pets are likely to touch or chew on the objects with the insecticides.

It is extremely important to read and follow the directions or warnings that come with any insecticide. It is also important for anyone who uses an insecticide to understand its purpose and properties.

THE PEPPER FAMILY
The garden vegetables pepper, Capsicum annuurn, of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family, is grown throughout the world and produces not only the green, bell-shaped, sweet peppers that are common garden varieties, but also the hot peppers used for such spices as paprika, chili, and cayenne. Most cultivated peppers belong to one of two major groups. The Grossum group yields the globose, mild-flavored sweet-peppers and the pimiento, or Spanish pepper. The Longgum group produces the "hot chili" and cayenne peppers, several hundred varieties of which are cultivated in wanner regions. Longum peppers are characterized by their