An Environmentally Friendly Way to Exclude Rollie Pollies

My experiment was to put rollie pollies in a choice chamber with one side filled with soil covered in eucalyptus oil and the other side filled without oil. The objective of this experiment was to figure out if the eucalyptus oil can deter rollie pollies in an environmentally friendly way.

Intern(s):

Anna Ferretti

Mentor(s):

Maria Mazin

Project Period:

2019-2020

Team:

LES

My experiment was to put rollie pollies in a choice chamber with one side filled with soil covered in eucalyptus oil and the other side filled without oil. There were 5 rolly pollies that were each put in the choice chamber for 10 minutes. The data collected were put into a data table organized with the amount of time deciding, the amount of time in soil with oil and the amount of time in soil without oil. The objective of this experiment was to figure out if the eucalyptus oil can eliminate and/or remove rollie pollies. It was to figure out if there was a was a healthier way to deter roly polies.

I chose this experiment because I wanted to see if there was an environmental friendly way to deter of unwanted insects. Pesticides are mostly used in these situations but they can be bad for the environment. Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests and are used in public health to kill vectors of disease. I choose eucalyptus oil as a method to repel insects of because it has a strong aroma that is perceived as hazardous. They are also deadly to most bugs with a certain amount of exposure and it is healthy to the environment.

I conclude that rollie pollies prefer soil without oil because they spent more time in soil without oil than in soil with oil, as shown by the results of a paired t-test. I concluded that these results were more than chance. It had an effect.

This page was created by BioBus Summer 2021 Jr. Scientist William Rhee.