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Natural Pesticides and Termites

Natural Pesticides and Termites | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
In this experiment, you'll use natural substances like borax and vinegar to see if they can keep termites away. You'll observe the termites to see if they stay within the circle you draw with the natural substances.


The hypothesis is that boric acid and vinegar will keep the termites away.

Method & Materials

You will draw a circle on the floor with a natural substance like lemon juice, borax, tomato juice, or vinegar. Then, you will place 5 termites inside the circle and observe them for 10 minutes.
You will need an empty bottle, 20 termites, latex gloves, a lemon, a bottle of borax acid, a tomato, a bottle of vinegar, a bottle of distilled water, 8 plastic cups, 4 plastic spoons, a juice extractor, 4 small brushes, and a black marker.


The experiment showed that borax was effective at keeping the termites within the circle, while lemon juice, tomato juice, and vinegar were not effective. This observation stands out because it shows that borax is a good natural pesticide for termites.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how natural substances can be used to keep pests away.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment could include using different types of insects, like cockroaches or red ants, or using different types of natural substances like saltwater, garlic oil, or tea.

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