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Fresh Siam (<i>Chromolaena odorata</i>) Weed Leaf Extract in the Control of Housefly (<i>Musca domestica</i>)

Liwayway H. Acero
Department of Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, San Beda College Manila Philippines
Abstract—Chromolaena odorata has been known as nuisance weed in agricultural farms. There are studies on its insecticidal properties, but its potential as control to housefly is not yet explored. This research was undertaken to determine the beneficial use of fresh Siam weed leaf extract (FSWLE) to eradicate housefly. Result of this study is beneficial to farmers/vegetable growers in Sitio Pactil in Bauko Monamun Sur Mountain Province, a partner community of San Beda College Manila in its extension or community involvement. Villagers in Pactil Mountain Province used chicken dung to fertilize their vegetable. Chicken dung/manure is an organic fertilizer that attracts houseflies which act as vectors of common diseases. Specifically this study seeks to find out what best concentration and what exposure technique of fresh Siam weed leaves will get rid of the houseflies. Experimental research method with five treatments was utilized. Gathered data was analyzed using ANOVA two-factorial. Findings of the study revealed that highest percentage of mortality after thirty two hours observation, was obtained from treatment 5 (60%percent FSWLE- applied as spray). Based on this result vegetable growers, farmers, household members can use FSWLE to eradicate houseflies, to prevent the occurrence of diseases that is brought about by this insect.
Index Terms— Chromolaena odorata, Musa domestica

Cite: Liwayway H. Acero, "Fresh Siam (Chromolaena odorata) Weed Leaf Extract in the Control of Housefly (Musca domestica)," International Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 56-61, June 2017. doi: 10.18178/ijfe.3.1.56-61
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