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Cricket deterrents lab experiment, science project

Article Summary   by:sunnylikbeckham     Original Author: harvardborn
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Cricket deterrents lab experiment, science project Insects have been a nuisance to man since the beginning of time, up until the present. One of the plagues that struck Egypt was swarms of crickets, and locusts, which destroyed crops, and ate entire fields. Swarms of Crickets can cover up to 210 km. There have been cases of up to 100,000,000,000 insects in a swarm (one hundred billion). In these huge masses, they can completely destroy the land and everything on a farm. I chose to do this experiment because when I am at camp I am constantly woken up by the loud chirping of these annoying insects. There are three types of crickets: Mole Crickets, Field Crickets, and House Crickets. The Mole Cricket’s body is designed for digging subterranean tunnels. This Cricket’s body is well adapted to digging. The Mole Cricket usually lives in hot dry areas, and are extremely harmful to plants such as barley, and flax The Field Cricket has had a history in ancient China. This cricket’s beautiful song was held in particularly high esteem. These crickets were often kept in exquisitely ornamented cages made of sandalwood, ivory or jade. The Most common cricket is the house cricket. The house cricket’s body is more slender than that of the field cricket. It is also generally lighter in color. This crickets appears in abundance in central Europe, such as cellars, houses, bakeries, and so on. Procedure Problem: How do I make a cricket deterrent that is environmentally friendly? Hypothesis: If I use a deterrent that has a strong odor, then it will deter the crickets from that area.
I started my experiment by first buying 60 crickets. The crickets were stored in bags until they were ready to be used. I purchased a clear plastic box with holes in the top for breathing. I made a divider out of cardboard and secured it in the center of the box, making four equal sections. One section was the control, and in the others I put a deterrent. The most effective deterrent was the vinegar, and if a large swarm of crickets were attacking his crops, it would probably be the best defense, but in more average circumstances, the house plant food would work better. The house plant food would work as a fairly effective deterrent, but not smell up the crops, and would certainly not harm them as vinegar might, it might even help the crops. I also found that the crickets were deterred by sunlight, so the most likely time that a swarm would appear would be during the night. I accepted my hypothesis. The vinegar was the best deterrent and had the strongest smell. The house plant food also had an odor and worked quite well. The only exceptions to this were that the garlic and onion powder did not work well as deterrents, probably because they did not have a very strong or ofensive smell.
Published: August 30, 2007   
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